Tim Duncan, the Celtic-that-never-was, returns to San Antonio as Assistant Coach
The Spurs have hired Tim Duncan as an assistant coach, the team announced.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 22, 2019
“It is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor,” said Gregg Popovich. pic.twitter.com/DEVhxZyVn6
It was Shaquille O'Neal that gave Tim his nickname, The Big Fundamental. Shaq compared Duncan to former Celtic, Larry Bird, as a player that was not terribly athletic, but could destroy you with the basics - the fundamentals. Duncan averaged 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG and 2.2 BPG, and he used the glass much like another former Celtic, Sam Jones. Tim was a 5-time Champion, 3-time Finals MVP and 2-time NBA MVP.
Could he shoot 3-pointers? Nope! Over 19 seasons, he hit only 30 of 168 attempts. Free throws? A career 70%. But everywhere else, he was absolutely solid. He is a great addition to the Spurs' coaching staff.
And lest we forget, the much-despised Rick Pitino was salivating over grabbing Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. The problem was that Boston's pick fell to the #3 spot, where they took Chauncey Billups, with Pitino sending Chauncey off to Canada via trade after only 51 games in Billups' rookie season. I apologize! I still need to vent about Pitino's horrid tenure in Bean Town.
Accolades to Duncan, Popovich and the Spurs. I await forthcoming comments from Gregg, The King of the Quip. They should make for a great coaching pair.
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