Tim Duncan joins Spurs coaching staff as assistant


San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks with Tim Duncan, left, during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in San Antonio. (Eric Gay/AP)

The Big Fundamental is back in San Antonio.

Spurs legend Tim Duncan has joined Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant coach, the team announced on Monday.

“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 team statement.

Duncan, 43, retired in 2016 after spending 19 seasons with the Spurs and leading the franchise to five NBA titles between 1999 and 2014.

Along with Duncan’s hiring, the team promoted former basketball operations intern Will Hardy to assistant coach.

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