On Saturday, Duncan was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Popovich was in attendance for the special moment in Duncan’s career.
By the time Duncan got to the part in his speech that he dedicated to his former coach he was overcome with emotion as he thanked Popovich for everything he’s done for him since the first day they met.
Coach Pop even skipped the Spurs’ game on Saturday so he could be there for Duncan’s big night, in case you’re wondering just how close the two are.
The duo won five NBA titles together over their 19 seasons together and Duncan was named NBA Finals MVP three times and NBA MVP during that span, as well. Not to mention he was also named to 15 NBA All-Star teams, the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times, the NBA All-Defensive Second Team seven times, the All-NBA First Team 10 times, the All-NBA Second Team three times and the All-NBA Third Team two times.