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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

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“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

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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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"No matter how (the season) ends, I think Timmy is going to look at (retirement) again," Popovich told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. "And if you ask me, my guess is that he'll go for another one because he has been so consistent this season. It's just consistent stuff: another double-double, over and over and over again. Because of that, I think in his mind that if it continues through the rest of the year, I think he'll say, 'I'm going to go another year and see what happens.' Because what he has told me is that the minute he feels like he's a hindrance to his team or he's not on the positive end or helping him, he's going to walk right off the court. It might be during the third quarter of a game. He's not going to hang on to finish a contract or make the money or have the notoriety that you know he doesn't give a (expletive) about. So the way he's playing now, he's going to look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, I'm doing all right.' " USA Today Sports

January 31, 2015 Updates

Accusing a longtime “financial adviser and personal confidant” of betrayal and breaches of trust, Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit seeking to recover more than $1 million in damages. Georgia businessman Charles Banks, the defendant in the suit, is alleged to have withheld 20 percent of what Duncan was owed on his $7.5 million loan to Gameday Entertainment LLC, a sports merchandising company, without authorization. San Antonio Express-News

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