Tim Duncan will join Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff as an assistant coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” said Popovich (via NBA.com).
In his 19-year career with the franchise, the Spurs legend made 15 All-Star appearances and 15 All-NBA teams. Duncan helped bring San Antonio five championships and was named Finals MVP on three occasions. Duncan has remained involved with the franchise since retiring in 2016.
Marc Stein of The New York Times hears that becoming an assistant coach on the Spurs was Duncan’s idea. The team had an opening on the bench and was considering Manu Ginobili for the role as well, though the Argentinian is only one year removed from free agency and isn’t quite ready to return to basketball.
The Spurs also announced that Will Hardy will also join the staff as an assistant coach. Hardy began his career as an intern with the Spurs back in 2010.
*This story has been updated.