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Gregg Popovich talks life after Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant after Spurs face Lakers

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Gregg Popovich is one of the most experienced and long-serving coaches in NBA history.

Ever since he took the San Antonio Spurs over in 1996, he has been carving out a one-of-a-kind legacy that is often defined by the family feel of his side and the long-serving players he recruits.

He has won five NBA titles as the head coach of the Spurs and is a three-time Coach of the Year, too.

However, it would be wrong to speak about Coach Pop without mentioning Tim Duncan, or even Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.

All are players who have only ever played in the NBA under Popovich, but Duncan retired this past summer bringing to a close a 19-year relationship.

The Spurs faced a new-look L.A. Lakers side last night and it was the first time in nearly two decades Popovich couldn't call on the Big Fundamental against the Purple and Gold, but he also did not have to face Kobe Bryant.

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“It makes me feel older, to be honest with you. It does,” Popovich said before the Spurs' 116-107 victory. “You look around like, ‘Exactly, what’s going on here?’ But the new young guys that come into the programs, they’re fun. They’re bright-eyed, and they’re ready to learn.

"They want to jump in. They’re happy to be there. So you take your satisfaction in bringing them along. You quit your crying that you lost your 20-year date [Duncan].”

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Shaquille O'Neal
Tim Duncan
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Kobe Bryant
Tony Parker

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