Los Angeles Lakers' assistant coach Quin Snyder had much success as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs' D-League Austin Toros.
From the Toros enjoying the most successful time under his regime, to leading the D-League in call-ups, Snyder definitely made the most of his time in Austin and says he owes a lot to Spurs' Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford and the Spurs organization.
I think Coach Pop and (Spurs G.M.) R.C. Buford believed in me at a time that maybe some people didn’t. During that three and a half year period, I was grafted into that (Spurs) coaching tree. The leadership that Coach Pop demonstrates and the respect that he has for his staff, and his staff has for him, is unique. I’m also grateful to the guys on his staff that allowed me to grow as much as I did during that time.
Since he left Austin, Snyder has gone to to bigger and better things. He broke into the NBA with the Philadelphia 76'ers as an assistant coach to now joining the Lakers but it's his time with the Spurs and the Toros where he developed a winning culture.