Spurs’ Duncan to coach first game as interim head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Antonio Spurs will have a new head coach. At least for tonight.

Long-time Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will miss tonight’s game against the Charlotte Hornets in North Carolina. The team said Pop is missing the game due to a “personal business matter.”

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With Popovich missing the game, Tim Duncan will serve as the interim head coach. This will be the first-time he is serving as a head coach, even on an interim basis, since being named a Spurs assistant coach.

Duncan joined the Spurs coaching staff this past summer. Before his retirement, he was a Hall of Fame basketball player, as “The Big Fundamental” played his entire career with the team.

The Spurs come into this contest with a better record. But as in any given night in the league, the record means nothing on the court. 

Many teams — who should not have won this season — ended up beating better teams. It’s all about who comes to play and who doesn’t in any given game.

The Spurs bring a 25-34 record into the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets are 21-39. 

It’s unclear at this time if Popovich will return for the other two games of this three-game road trip. San Antonio plays again on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

They close out this particular road trip on Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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