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SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs caused a furore behind the bench on a frontline seat on Monday afternoon with a simple five-paragraph press release.
But this secular move has been overshadowed by this shock: Tim Duncan returns to the team as assistant coach.
"It's only fitting that I've served loyally after 19 years as Tim Duncan's assistant, that he reciprocates the favor," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the publication.
Duncan, the biggest player in franchise history and the biggest power forward in NBA history, resigned in the summer of 2016 after leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.
Since calling it a career, Duncan has been a frequent visitor to the Spurs practice grounds, where he worked with players during and after training.
Popovich's staff was brought to their knees after Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka left the Spurs in the offseason to work for the Philadelphia 76ers and an Italian team.
The steps announced on Monday should also mean that Becky Hammon will become Popovich's No. 1 in another groundbreaking move. 1 Assistant, a position that Messina previously held.