Tim Duncan isn’t totally leaving the San Antonio Spurs just yet. Head coach Gregg Popovich is holding out hope that his Hall of Fame big man will continue to help behind the scenes. According to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News, Popovich said that Duncan will have an official role with the Spurs this season: “Coach of Whatever He Wants to Be.”
Coach of whatever he feels like. That’s an enviable job title, and it sounds right for a guy who gave the franchise whatever he had for 19 seasons helping San Antonio set the standard for long-term excellence in the NBA.
Popovich added that Duncan “won’t be on the bench,” per the San Antonio Express-News’ Jim Lefko. This is not surprising — he’s earned a break from all the travel involved in an 82-game schedule, plus the playoffs.
Buck Harvey of The San Antonio Express-News had reported earlier this month that many people within the Spurs organization believed Duncan would eventually join the team in a full-time role. Perhaps focusing on personnel rather than coaching. When the team announced its new coaching and front office hires and promotions a day later, Duncan wasn’t mentioned. However, Popovich says the future Hall-of-Famer will be involved this season, though he won’t be on the bench with the other Spurs assistants.
Popovich’s vagueness suggests that Duncan’s exact role – if he has one – hasn’t been officially determined yet, so we’ll see if the Spurs eventually make an announcement and give him a formal title. Either way, it seems Duncan will remain a part of the organization with which he spent his entire 19-year NBA playing career.
Duncan is synonymous with the Spurs and their culture. As long as he’s living in San Antonio, there is no reason for the relationship to end. Even if he didn’t have an official role, he would obviously be welcome to visit the team whenever he wanted. His mere presence will be helpful to the team as it tries to recruit players and teach them how to approach the game, and if Duncan wants to be in the front office or a coach one day, there’s no better place for him to learn.
You Might be Wondering :
Who is Tim Duncan?
Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on April 25, 1976. He is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Widely considered to be the greatest power forward of all time, he is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. He is also a 15-time NBA All-Star and the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams in all of his first 13 seasons.
Who is Gregg Popovich?
Gregg Charles Popovich was born on January 28, 1949. He is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in both the NBA and all US major sports leagues. He is often referred to as “Coach Pop” or simply “Pop”.
Popovich is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. He is currently tied with Pat Riley (regular season only) with 19 consecutive winning seasons, behind Phil Jackson’s 20. Popovich has won five NBA championships as a head coach (all with the Spurs), a feat achieved only by four others in NBA history (Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, and John Kundla). He is also one of nine coaches to have won 1,000 NBA games.