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Duncan returning to Spurs as assistant coach.

By Agence France-Presse

San Antonio great Tim Duncan is returning to the Spurs as an assistant under longtime head coach Gregg Popovich, the NBA team said 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 statement released by the team.

Duncan, who won five NBA titles with the Spurs, has been a familiar figure at the Spurs practice facility since he retired in 2016, helping out informally.

He is the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots, but in their low-key announcement on Monday, the Spurs gave him shared billing with another new assistant coach, Will Hardy.

Hardy, who joined the Spurs as a basketball operations intern in 2010 after graduating from Williams College, "is a talented, young basketball mind who has earned a great deal of respect from everyone in the organization thanks to his knowledge, spirit, and personality," Popovich said.

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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, right, shares a light moment in this file photo with star center Tim Duncan, who has been hired as an assistant coach with the Spurs. (AP)

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