CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died Wednesday after battling a lengthy illness.
Erin, 67, and Gregg were married for more than 40 years, according to a team announcement.
LeBron James, who developed a relationship with the Spurs coach throughout his playing career, was told about Erin's passing after Wednesday night's Game 2 win in Cleveland.
"That's such a tragedy and, you know, my best wishes goes out to Pop and his family," a choked up James said. He added, "The NBA family, we all stick together. I know we compete every night, but something like this happens, it puts everything into perspective."
James shared an additional video after the game, expressing more condolences to the Spurs coach and family, and addressed whether he was blind-sided by the post-game question.
"Once I started talking about it, once we were on air, actually my emotions kind of took over," James said.