The San Antonio Spurs will have a familiar face on the sidelines next season.
He will join Will Hardy and Becky Hammon on the bench for San Antonio next season, making it more than just a player development role, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The 43-year-old spent his entire NBA career with the Spurs before retiring after the 2015-16 season.
"It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan's assistant, that he returns the favor," Popovich joked.
Popovich took over for San Antonio in the middle of the 1996-97 season and drafted Duncan the next summer. Over the next two decades, the pair combined for five NBA titles and a playoff appearance in each season.
Duncan also excelled at an individual level, earning 15 All-Star selections and two MVP awards as part of what will certainly be a Hall of Fame resume.
As he transitions to coaching, he will be a help for younger players who can learn from one of the best of his generation. Young big men like Jacob Poetl, Trey Lyles and Luka Samanic should especially take note of his teachings.
It will also be a relatively easy transition with several former teammates on the roster, including LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills.
If things go well, it could be another impressive mark on the Popovich coaching tree, which features former assistants-turned-head coaches like Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown as well as former players like Steve Kerr and Doc Rivers.
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