The 40-year-old made way for younger talent on the roster, as head coach Gregg Popovich attempts to build for the future, around All-Star talents, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The coaching great is embracing the fresh challenge, as per NBC Sports:
“It’s been at the same time a challenge and a refreshing sort of situation,” Popovich said. “The team is changing personnel-wise and where the ball goes and a few different players so we have to do things a little bit differently. There’s a give and take, strategy wise, to fit the group. It’s been a lot of fun. Watching some of the young guys get minutes and develop has been fun.
“It’s been interesting to see how the team develops and comes together and who the leaders will be without Timmy being that overriding factor for so long,” Popovich said.
San Antonio has won 13 of their last 14 games, with Leonard and Aldridge averaging over 33 minutes per game. It’s not surprising that Pop is still enjoying himself.