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Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 1:20 pm  |  23 responses

Tim Duncan: ‘I’m a Spur for Life’


Tim Duncan will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and not that there was ever any doubt about what his basketball future was, but Duncan wants the world to know one more time that he has absolutely no desire to leave San Antonio. It is home, after all. Per Yahoo! Sports: “I heard we were dead,’ Duncan said. Duncan laughed. He was sitting at the Spurs’ practice facility, two days before the start of these conference finals. Gregg Popovich walked past and chided him for sharing a private moment with a reporter. Across Duncan’s 15 NBA seasons, the only coach he’s known is Popovich. The Spurs’ All-Star guards – Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – have played with Duncan for 11 and 10 seasons, respectively. This isn’t normal. Not in today’s pack-for-South-Beach NBA. So, yes, Duncan wondered. He wondered whether Ginobili would eventually want a bigger role. He wondered whether Parker, in what Duncan likes to call “his Hollywood years,” wanted a bigger market. And he wondered whether his own body would allow him to keep playing at the level he needed. ‘But we’ve all found a home here in San Antonio,’ Duncan said, ‘and we all love it here.’ They’ve stayed for one simple reason: ‘It works,’ Duncan said. ‘There’s no two ways about it. If something doesn’t work, you break it up and you do something else. We’ve all accepted our roles, we’ve evolved over the years and we’ve all been happy with it because we believe.’ […] The Spurs weren’t sure whether this would be Duncan’s final season, and neither was he. His left knee routinely ached a year ago, limiting both his minutes and his effectiveness. ‘I got to the point where I was depressed and pissed off that my body wasn’t doing the things that it used to do, and that I was deteriorating skill-wise,’ he said. ‘I’m a competitor. I want to be a staple on a team, I want to be a go-to guy on a team. When that changed, that obviously hurt a little bit. But I found ways to be a part of this team and be a big part of this team.’ […] While Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez went to Europe to have platelet-rich plasma therapy on their arthritic knees last summer, Duncan stayed home – ‘I don’t think I’m cool enough,’ he said. ‘You have to be an A-Rod or a Kobe to get invited to Germany’ – and adjusted his offseason workouts. […] Duncan now says it’s realistic to expect him to play another year or two. Three or four years, he thinks, would be a stretch, even in his improved condition. This much is certain: He has little interest in testing the free-agent market when his contract ends after this season, negotiating leverage be damned. ‘Though I shouldn’t say that; I have to threaten them that I’ll leave,’ he joked. ‘No … I’m not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I’m here and I’m a Spur for life.’”

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  • Yep

    Would be so cool if KD and Russ did the same with OKC.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    I LOVE sportsmen like this, staying your whole career in the same team. It helps that thay win, of course. But it’s great to see loyalty these days.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    TD, my second favorite baller of all time.

  • ill Smith

    Yeah but he didn’t play a genie or do rap videos.

  • tony

    just Like David Robinson before him. a Spur for life

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’m thinking TD stays on at less money to try to bring in more help.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    respect.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    its not a surprise but good to hear

  • Ill Smith

    Whoever this other ill Smith is….stop posin son. Be original, you ain’t me. On topic though I hated Tim Duncan in his prime but at this point (like Kobe Bean) you can’t do nothing but respect him & enjoy his greatness minus the nitpicking we tend throw on the league’s younger stars.

  • AJ

    Once again, he is proving he is the best power forward of all time…

  • john

    this whole story is completely a copy and paste. Read the same story in different sites.

  • Jerome

    “Some call me … Tim.”

  • http://slam kennie jones

    Been my mans since wake forest.

  • Ruckuz

    Timmmaaayyyy!

  • Zabba

    Hahahaha, how many rap videos and genie movies has he made? lmao.

  • weezy

    @john: “per Yahoo! Sports”. You sure you can read?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Timmy is the coolest mofo in the NBA. What a guy.
    @ Caboose: who is #1?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Caboose’s favourite player list….
    # Magic Johnson
    # Tim Duncan
    # Allen Iverson
    # Michael Jordan
    # John Crotty
    # Steve Smith
    # Vin Baker
    # Fat Lever
    # Cherokee Parks
    # Jeremy Lin

    honourable mentions: Donald Royal, Antoine Carr and Vitaly Potapenko
    you know that list is true Caboose.

  • james

    TD show LBJ and other wannabe divas like D12 that loyalty and commitment to the team can help you win a Championship and will really cement your name in history..

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Play cements legacy. Loyalty to an employer that views you as little more than a money machine is the mentality of a sucker. TD would be just as great a player if he decided to play elsewhere. Where he plays and how long he stays there has nothing to do with how great he is. He’s great regardless.

  • Lloyd

    Shows how much the Spurs respect and value him though. He literally has no negotiating leverage for a new contract after saying that. They’re still going to take care of him because he’s the great Tim Duncan. The player that deserves the most respect in my opinion.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Lol what Dacre? Penny is #1. He’s the reason why I’m a Magic fan to this day.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Bonus points to Jerome for the Monty Python reference.

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