In the midst of yet another solid NBA season (15 PPG and 10 RPG? At 37?) in a career full of them, Spurs big man Tim Duncan might be nearing the end. Per Project Spurs, rumors are circling. Check what George Karl had to say when asked asked if he thought Duncan might be on the way out.
“You know over the weekend, that was the whispers that I got. I got a couple of phone calls, one from San Antonio that said that Tim Duncan’s thinking this is going to be his last year. The best, most fundamental big guy ever to play in the NBA, and he leaving would make me very very sad. The San Antonio Spurs without Tim Duncan would be very difficult for me to watch.”
But, not so fast. After Karl’s words made their way around the ‘net yesterday, Duncan caught wind of it all and responded. Per the San Antonio Express-News:
“I’d like to know who he talked to,” Duncan said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do so I don’t know how he knows what I’m going to do.”
Duncan said he has given no thought to his future plans.
“I don’t worry about that stuff,” he said. “It will take care of itself.”
So…about that legacy.
We talked about it way back in May of 2012 – almost two years ago – but when Duncan leaves, what are the Spurs? Where does he rank all-time? Ahead of Kobe? Keep in mind that Duncan has made another Finals appearance, losing in a very admirable way.
I’m sticking with my guns here. Duncan is the best player between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. And he can probably keep this thing going for another two or three years, if he so chooses. He’s definitely not slowing down, his teammates continue to excel – the Spurs, much like the Patriots, just refuse to switch lanes. Nobody would blame him if he wanted to call it a day after all these years and props need to be given for going out on your own terms.
Whatever does happen, Karl was absolutely right: it’ll be weird as hell to watch the black and silver without Tim manning the middle.