The San Antonio Spurs are bringing a familiar face to the coaching staff, someone whose name goes down in NBA history. San Antonio is bringing in Spurs legend Tim Duncan and are naming him an assistant head coach according to a team press release. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Spurs legend Tim Duncan has joined Gregg Popovich's coaching staff as an assistant coach.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019
San Antonio also announced Will Hardy as a new assistant coach. Hardy, who joined the Spurs in 2010 as an intern, unfortunately gets overshadowed by the return of Duncan. “Will Hardy is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit and personality,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich via the official press release.
Of course the big, and quite frankly unexpected, news is Tim Duncan joining the staff. The future NBA Hall of Fame big retired in 2016 after a storied career, the entire duration taking place in San Antonio. And now that will continue on the sidelines in a suit, or whatever Duncan wants to wear. Maybe his jersey retirement ceremony will give us an idea.
“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich said via the team’s press release.
Duncan and Pop back on the bench. What a sight to see.