Gregg Popovich Bids Farewell In Public Goodbye To Tim Duncan
Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan formed the greatest player-coach duo of all-time across the four major sports. They racked up over 1,000 wins and won five titles together along the journey since Tim was drafted in 1997. Yesterday (July 12), Pop said goodbye to Timmy D in a 15 minute press conference with the media.
Pop took to the podium wearing a Tim Duncan t-shirt that read the phrase “Impossible is Potential.” Tim apparently played a role in the choosing of the shirt for the occasion according to Coach Pop. If only he chose an “I Feel Like Duncan” shirt instead, that would’ve set the internet on fire.
Coach Pop comes out in a Tim Duncan T-shirt for today’s press conference…AWESOME! pic.twitter.com/v8ayCHxLmC
— Jeff Jones (@JeffJonesSports) July 12, 2016
The Spurs coach emotionally spoke about how out of anyone in the world, he would choose to go to dinner with Tim Duncan, even Jesus.
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“In an era in which the NBA expertly crafted its superstars into global celebrities, Duncan hid in plain sight.” Popovich referenced this quote from Jason Gay’s Wall Street Journal article about Duncan retiring. He hit it right on the head. Even though Duncan’s game and personality may be mundane, his career will be remembered forever, as the best power forward of all-time. No glitz or glam, Duncan just played the game and left it as quietly as he could, through a press release, no victory lap needed.
Duncan and Popovich’s bond was the heart and soul of the dynasty the Spurs built as the most successful sports franchise of the last 20 years. They guided the “Spurs Way” to five championships from the first in 1999, to the last in 2014. Quietly leading by example, Duncan helped create an environment where everyone would be coached the same, from the star player to the last on the bench, every player would be held equally accountable.
We may never see a coach-player combination connected at the hip as much as Popovich and The Big Fundamental were throughout their careers.
Check out the full press conference below.