Tim Duncan isn’t participating in the NBA restart in Florida. Instead, the San Antonio Spurs legend, who’s in his first season as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich, is staying in Texas for a different team-related task.
Duncan and other team staff are involved in leading veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge’s rehabilitation program in San Antonio, according to published reports.
Aldridge, a seven-time All-Star, underwent right shoulder surgery on April 24 in Dallas.
The NBA restart is set for July 30 at Walt Disney World near Orlando. The Spurs are one of 22 teams in the NBA bubble at the Disney World campus preparing for the season to start again.
Tim Duncan’s transition to coaching
During his Hall of Fame career, Tim Duncan won five NBA titles with the Spurs before retiring in 2016.
Duncan spent his entire 19-season career with the Spurs.
On March 3, Tim Duncan filled in for Popovich. He earned his first victory as the acting head coach as the Spurs topped the Charlotte Hornets 104-103.
Spurs in 2019-20
Before the NBA season was suspended on March 11 due to COVID-19, the Spurs were out of the playoff picture. The Spurs (27-36) are in 12th place in the Western Conference.