Skip to main content

Greg Popovich on what is the most important thing people need to realize about Tim Duncan's greatness

tim duncan greg (1)

A couple of years after he retired, we'll have the privilege to see Tim Duncan back with the Spurs as an assistant coach to Greg Popovich. It was never questioned whether the Spurs have a place in their organization for the best player in their franchise history, and we're happy to see Duncan back within a new role.

The relationship between Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich has lasted for over 20 years now, and it's definitely one of the most iconic relationships between a coach and a player in NBA history. After it was announced Tim Duncan will become an assistant coach, Popovich jokingly said Duncan is returning him a favor.

"It's only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan's assistant, that he returns the favor."

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The relationship between the two evolved during the years and it was definitely a fruitful one, and during Duncan's retirement ceremony, Popovich said one of the most heartwarming things about his former player.

"The most important comment I can make about TD is that I can honestly say, to Mr. and Mrs. Duncan, who have passed, is that man right there is exactly the same person now as he was when he walked in the door."

Duncan was known around the league as someone who is not impressed by the massive fame he gained after he became one of the best power forwards in the NBA. Quite contrary he was always very distant from the media and the spotlight some players enjoyed very much. All of that wasn't very interesting to Duncan and this is also one of the main reasons many fans truly appreciated the greatness of Tim Duncan.

Shawn Bradley

“Those thoughts creep in” — Shawn Bradley contemplated the darkest thoughts amid paralysis due to a bike accident

Shawn Bradley has been paralyzed after a bike accident but he did not lack the support he needs. Still, the burden it gave his family sometimes prompt him to contemplate the worst.

Western Conference guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers

Gilbert Arenas revealed the untold part about Chris Paul's vetoed trade to the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe, CP3, Dwight and two max slots? This scenario would overtake The Decision and Durant to the Warriors as the craziest free agency period in NBA history.

Kevon Looney and the Golden State Warriors are going big to take down the Dallas Mavericks

Kevon Looney and the Golden State Warriors are going big to take down the Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs going small has allowed Looney to eat, and his success in the paint on both ends of the floor is a big reason the series stands at 2-0

Devin Booker suffered devastating losses in the finals and playoffs. Fortunately, he has more than enough reasons to try again

Can Devin Booker redeem himself and his reputation after another playoff meltdown?

Devin Booker suffered devastating losses in the finals and playoffs. Fortunately, he has more than enough reasons to try again.

Amare Stoudemire questions Tyler Herro’s focus: He wants all this entertainment stuff, but where is the focus on basketball?

Amare Stoudemire questions Tyler Herro’s focus: "He wants all this entertainment stuff, but where is the focus on basketball?

Herro won the 6th Man of the Year but he's struggling in these playoffs. Amare Stoudemire questions where his focus is right now.

Marcus Smart’s importance to the Boston Celtics is becoming hard to overlook

Marcus Smart’s importance to the Boston Celtics is becoming hard to overlook

Smart has always been a solid defensive player, but his offensive strides have allowed him to become the player the Celtics need