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April 1, 2015 Updates

In Tuesday’s 95-81 win at Miami, the 32-year-old Parker joined Tim Duncan as the second Spurs player to appear in 1,000 NBA games. The 14-year veteran is the third-youngest player in NBA history to achieve that milestone, following Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. “He was here when he was 19,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ career leader in games played at 1,323. “That’s a lot of years, a lot of games, a lot of seasons. I’m blessed to have had him for so long.” Having won 719 of those 1,000 games, Parker’s 71.9-percent winning clip ranks second to teammate Manu Ginobili (.722) among active players. San Antonio Express-News

March 26, 2015 Updates
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Sometimes, Tim Duncan just needs to bust a move. The Spurs veteran was caught on camera dancing to the Rick Astley classic during the Spurs win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Of course, it’s the perfect song for Duncan, who is one of the most dependable veterans in the league. For The Win

March 11, 2015 Updates
March 9, 2015 Updates

Duncan failed to score a basket for the first time in 1,310 career games. Popovich was jokingly asked if he would talk to Duncan so it didn't happen again. "I don't talk to Timmy too much anymore," Popovich said. "So, if you want to tell him, go ahead. Say, 'What the hell was that all about? What are you doing?' " ESPN.com

February 24, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

“I was absolutely floored when I heard it,” Duncan said after Friday’s game. “I can’t believe it. I talked to him the last time we were in Portland, had a good 5 of 10 minute conversation, just talked to him. It was good to see him and good to see him back with the Blazers. He was a veteran who brought a real energy to our team, and helped us get a championship. It’s unbelievable at that age that you’d hear that he’d die.” San Antonio Express-News

February 15, 2015 Updates

A better rule is to count all players not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. That puts Spain, with 220 WAR, at the top. And the Gasols make up nearly three-quarters of their home country’s NBA success. The other top players from Spain include Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez, among others. Germany slides to fourth, behind the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, using this method. Why? Because Detlef Schrempf (and his 90 career WAR) is excluded from this analysis. Schrempf, German-born and raised, moved to the U.S. to finish high school. The Virgin Islands, being a territory, arguably doesn’t count as international, but it competes under its own flag so it’s broken out here. Tim Duncan is responsible for the bulk of the Virgin Islands’ WAR; Hakeem Olajuwon similarly for Nigeria. FiveThirtyEight

February 14, 2015 Updates

In 2012, he signed a contract that cut his salary in half in order to stay in San Antonio, one of the smallest markets in the NBA, and keep the roster together. “I can imagine what it would’ve been like (to play in New York), yeah,” he said, looking around at the camera lights and horde of reporters. “I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it.” New York Daily News

Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

February 13, 2015 Updates

He has heard the speculation about his playing next season and beyond. His basketball future beyond July 1 remains on permanent hold. “Not even thinking about it,” he said. “We wait for the summer, just like always.” San Antonio Express-News

Duncan certainly seems to be having as much fun as he ever has. He says he enjoys mentoring raw-boned big man Aron Baynes, and delights in tormenting broadcaster Sean Elliott whenever he can during game telecasts and pestering guard Cory Joseph by conducting postgame interviews in front of his locker stall. “I am having fun, enjoying it,” Duncan said after helping the Spurs earn their second win of the rodeo road trip on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. “I’m going game by game, enjoying the ride,” San Antonio Express-News

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

Popovich was asked pregame by Mark Montieth of Pacers.com if a rumor he had heard was true, that he had to be talked into drafting Tim Duncan ahead of former Pacer Scot Pollard. (Full disclosure: Pollard, who has done some television and radio work for team broadcasts this season was right there, not five feet from this conversation.) The Spurs held the first pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and taking Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest shaped the future of the Spurs organization. From David Robinson to Tim Duncan. But it didn’t come without a fight, Popovich explained. “You know, you say that sarcastically but it’s a true story,” he said. “It’s a true story. I loved the way Scot played. Timmy was really smooth and all that and so I wondered, ‘Is that going to translate. Is he going to be tough. Is he going to do what he did … he’s long and he’s lengthy and he’s thin. Scot Pollard was out there kicking you-know-what and taking names. “It was actually a conversation. Now, I have to also say that that notion didn’t last real long. Vigilant Sports

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