During this past offseason, Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 years in the NBA. However, the Spurs have since been making a strong push for him to stay with the team as an assistant coach. In light of that, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has provided an update in that regard.
“He came around and said hi a couple of times,” Popovich told Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. “We’re not hiring him as an assistant coach or anything. We just like his presence. His presence is always welcome.”
It’s not surprising to hear Duncan turn down this job as he likely wants to spend his retirement spending more time with his family. If he were brought on as an assistant coach it would likely mean that he would be heavily involved with the team. Duncan does want to remain a part of the organization but in a less frequent role.
That said, Popovich has made it known that he will take his future first-ballot Hall of Famer in any capacity. Duncan was a student of the game and he has a wealth of knowledge that could be utilized greatly by the players. What will likely happen is that Duncan will eventually take some type of role with the team in the near future.