Spurs hire legendary big man Duncan as assistant coach

Former Spurs power forward Tim Duncan has officially joined the coaching staff.

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan has been added as an assistant to Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff, the team announced in a press release.

“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” Popovich said in a statement.

Duncan, considered by many to be the greatest power forward ever, retired in 2019. He owns five championship rings during his 19 years with the Spurs and was a 15-time All-Star.

His footwork and proficiency at burying bank shots had Shaquille O’Neal give him the nickname, “The Big Fundamental.” It was a moniker that stuck for the rest of Duncan’s career.

You can read NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson‘s exclusive Amico Hoops column on Duncan right here.

The Spurs also announced that Will Hardy will be moving into an assistant coaching role.

Duncan and Hardy are replacing former assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka. Messina left to coach in Italy and Udoka is now the lead assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers.