Future NBA Corridor of Famer Tim Duncan is again with the group he helped result in 5 league championships, taking a job as an assistant coach below Gregg Popovich.
Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs’ all-time chief in scoring and rebounds, got here again to the group on Monday in a transfer introduced with little fanfare and with a self-deprecating remark from Popovich.
“It’s only becoming, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich stated in a information launch.
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Duncan, who was the No. 1 total draft select Wake Forest in 1997, performed 19 seasons with the Spurs earlier than retiring in the summertime of 2016. He was a 15-time all-star, was MVP of the NBA finals 3 times and league MVP twice.
Duncan has coached San Antonio’s publish gamers at occasions since retiring. The 6-foot, 11-inch Virgin Islands native completed 14th all-time in scoring and sixth in rebounds and is broadly thought of one of many high gamers to ever take to the hardwood.
Final yr, longtime teammate Tony Parker stated Duncan was the important thing to the Spurs’ long term of success.
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“As a result of right here’s the factor with Tim Duncan: Was he the best participant of all time?” Parker wrote in a Gamers Tribune publish. “I don’t know — he’s the best I ever performed with, I’ll say that, and I’ll let the consultants take it from there. However right here’s one factor I’ll inform you, completely: Timmy was essentially the most coachable nice participant of all time.”
Popovich, at a retirement ceremony for Duncan in 2016, had comparable reward.
“I do not even need to discuss rebounds, factors and all that kind of factor,” Popovich stated. “This particular person made it attainable for everyone we introduced in all through the years to be part of this tradition and be part of this program. As everyone stated: His empathy, his means to make individuals welcome and lead quietly, however with dignity and gravitas, made him particular past most anyone that you can think about.”