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Popovich open to returning next season

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Gregg Popovich, on the brink of another NBA championship, would like to continue as coach of the San Antonio Spurs beyond this season.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday before the Spurs face the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in San Antonio, Popovich said he still feels like he has the energy to coach.

“I don’t feel tired. I mean, I’m tired today, but I mean in general. I’d like to continue to coach,” Popovich said.

Popovich and veteran Tim Duncan are on the brink of their fifth title together. The Spurs lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

The 38-year-old Duncan, in his 17th season with the Spurs, was noncommittal on next season but appeared open to the possibility of continuing to play.

“I don’t have any plans on doing anything,” Duncan said. “I’m going to figure it out when it comes. I’m not saying I’m retiring. I’m not saying I’m not retiring. I’m not saying anything. I’m going to figure it out as it goes.

“I’ve always said if I feel like I’m effective, if I feel like I can contribute, I’ll continue to play. Right now, I feel that way, so we’ll see what happens.”