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Tim Duncan steps down as Spurs assistant coach, will remain with organization, per report

Tim Duncan will take a step back from the San Antonio Spurs' bench and his role as an assistant coach with the team, according to the New York Times. 

The Times additionally reported that Duncan will remain involved with the organization in a player development role similar to the one the Spurs legend and five-time NBA champion held prior to joining Gregg Popovich's coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. 

Duncan did not accompany the Spurs to the NBA restart bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, over the summer. In March, he filled in for Popovich — who missed the game for personal reasons — as the Spurs head coach against the Charlotte Hornets, a game San Antonio won. 

Duncan, a three-time Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year. His 19-year career, all with the Spurs, ended in 2016, and he's remained around the team in retirement. 

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