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Some fans may have been surprised to see Tim Duncan, an assistant coach, take charge of the tcoaching staff, but the former star said he had support from Becky Hammon, the senior assistant coach and Pop's second in command. In a surprising post-game interview, Duncan said Hammon and Assistant Coach Will Hardy made calls throughout the game, which ended in a one-point win for San Antonio.
Q, we are all shocked he did media... we ALL are. 😂 pic.twitter.com/2VVakU635W— Vanessa Macias (@VanessaLMacias) March 4, 2020
Duncan said the coaching was a collaborative effort.
"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," Duncan said.
That hasn't stopped Spurs fans — and sports news outlets — from celebrating the longtime player taking over for Coach Pop for the night.
Tim Duncan job check:— Dylan (@Dylangonzalez21) March 4, 2020
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Tim Duncan has NEVER lost a game as head coach. 100% win rating. GOAT— jordy(ne) (@loljordyne) March 4, 2020
October 31, 1997:— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 4, 2020
Tim Duncan’s first game as a Spurs player
March 3, 2020:
Tim Duncan’s first game as Spurs head coach pic.twitter.com/IFAwiLgzlN
Tim Duncan for coach of the year— alexander 🐐 (@alex_regalado22) March 4, 2020
"He obviously has that presence that everyone likes to listen to what he says, and you know he's very calm in situations and very constructive, and everyone listens and goes out and tries to accomplish that," Patty Mills told the Express-News. "So it was good to see everyone dialed in to what he was saying."
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