SAN ANTONIO — Well, it was "Big Fun" while it lasted.
Duncan joined head coach Gregg Popovich's staff as an assistant in July 2019 alongside Will Hardy and Becky Hammon. During his tenure, he won his first game while serving in a head coaching capacity in March, after Popovich missed a road game against the Charlotte Hornets.
When the Spurs resumed the 2019-2020 regular season in July following a five-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, Duncan did not join the team in the NBA bubble in Orlando; instead, the Spurs announced he would stay
Stein did not indicate whether Duncan would take on a part-time role when breaking the news on Twitter.
The Spurs announced Thursday that the organization had promoted assistant coach Mitch Johnson to fill the vacancy created by Duncan's departure. Johnson has been an assistant coach with the Silver and Black since last year; previously, he had served as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs.
Duncan retired from the Spurs following the 2016 season as a 15-time All-Star and top-15 all-time scorer. His number 21 jersey was retired by the Spurs shortly after his retirement.
Duncan won five titles, two MVP awards, and three Finals MVPs with the San Antonio Spurs. Over a 19-year career, he won 71% of his games, more than anybody in the NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB in that time. His full resume puts him among the all-time greats in the history of basketball and sports.
Duncan is part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's class of 2020 alongside other basketball greats such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. The class will be enshrined May 13-15, 2021.
Following the announcement in April that Duncan was named to the hall of fame, the Spurs great praised his teammates and coaches, humbly said how blessed he was, and said that he never felt underappreciated because the whole team was focused on winning.