Greatness of Duncan-Popovich lost on them, but not us

Monday June 16th, 2014
Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have won the third-most (five) titles by a player-coach duo in history.
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And as Duncan walks past Popovich on his way to retirement, the coach and his star probably won't exchange much more than a glance, just as they have done so often when Duncan would walk to the bench after yet another win had been sealed. Their place in history will always matter less to them than the history they have shared, and for them, that goes without saying. Duncan and Popovich have never needed many words to tell each other everything.

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