Tim Duncan on his head coaching debut with the San Antonio Spurs: “It’s night and day, to be in the big boy chair”

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Tim Duncan shared his thoughts on making his head coaching debut with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday (03/03).

Duncan replaced Gregg Popovich, who was forced to miss the game due to personal reasons. Duncan also talked about the differences between being an assistant coach and actually taking over the team.

“Pop’s going to be back, and I’ll be happy to hand it right over to him. It’s night and day, to be in the big boy chair. Truth be told, I wasn’t in the big boy chair.

We got Becky and Will & Mitch, 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. We did it coach by committee and it could have been any one of us out there,” Duncan told reporters, per Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News.

The Spurs defeated the Charlotte Hornets (103-104) and improved to 26-34.

In 1,392 games with the Spurs, Duncan averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He won five rings, two regular-season MVP awards and three Finals MVPs with San Antonio.