Stepping in for Gregg Popovich, Spurs Great Tim Duncan Earns First Win
One could say Tim Duncan has always been ready for this moment.
Playing under one of the game’s greatest coaches in Gregg Popovich for nearly 20 years, it is no surprise that Duncan seemed very much in his element when he was asked to step in for the future Hall of Fame coach on Tuesday night.
Dealing with “personal business”, Popovich missed the game against the Charlotte Hornets, leaving Duncan in charge of running his bench. The Spurs legend did not disappoint, leading his squad to a nail-biting 104-103 victory.
“It’s night and day, to be in the big-boy chair,” Duncan said. “But truth be told, I wasn’t in the big-boy chair. We’ve got [Spurs assistants] Becky [Hammon] and Will [Hardy] and Mitch [Johnson]. Mitch prepped the game for us, Becky and Will were making all the calls, and I was the only one just standing there screaming at people — nonsensical stuff.
“So we did it coach-by-committee, and it could’ve been any one of us up there and we would’ve done exactly the same stuff.”
Dejounte Murray led the way with 21 points for the Spurs in Duncan’s first win as the lead coach.
The first of many!