Spurs legend Tim Duncan will represent the Silver and Black once again, this time as an assistant coach, under Gregg Popovich, the Spurs announced on Monday.Duncan, the Spurs’ all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio’s NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday. The Spurs, per their usual style, made the announcement in a very understated way, not even putting Duncan’s name in the headline of the news release.
In a news release, the Spurs said Duncan and summer league coach Will Hardy will join Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on the bench as assistant coaches.
“It is only fitting that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich quipped. Duncan’s return to the Spurs comes after he retired in 2016.
Hardy has served as the head coach of the Spurs’ Summer League team in Utah and at one point, appeared as the head coach of the Spurs’ 2017 Spurs MGM Resorts Summer League team.
“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,” Popovich.