Newman to remain on Spurs bench

By Mike Monroe

Spurs assistant coach Don Newman removed his name from consideration for a position as defensive coordinator for the Phoenix Suns and will remain on Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff.

Saying he was pleased that Newman would continue his tenure with the club, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford confirmed Newman’s decision.

Only Mike Budenholzer has been on Popovich’s coaching staff longer than Newman. One of the most popular figures in the basketball organization, he has focused on coaching defense since being hired on June 28, 2004.

A former head coach at both Sacramento State and Arizona State before taking a job as an assistant on George Karl’s coaching staff in Milwaukee, Newman also played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League.

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