HoopsHype Tim Duncan rumors

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Their core group of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Kahwi Leonard have missed a total of 46 games this season, and normal starting center Tiago Splitter has missed another 19. But this win moved them past the Heat for the third-best record in the NBA. Combined with the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss in Phoenix, San Antonio is just a half-game back of the West's best record with nine of their next 12 games against teams currently not in playoff position. "We're starting, I think, to turn that corner," said Duncan, who had 23 points and 11 rebounds. "Through up and downs we try to play as steady as we can. We have all the guys out there." ESPN.com

March 4, 2014 Updates

No other elite team has ever been at it as long as the Spurs, whose endless heyday began 17 years ago when Tim Duncan fell to them in the lottery and joined David Robinson in the game's greatest big-man tandem. Of course, Timmy's been on his own for 11 years; that's how long it's been since David retired. It was 14 years from 1999, when the Spurs won the first of their four titles, to last spring when they were five seconds from No. 5 before Miami’s Ray Allen tied Game 6 with a three-pointer, forcing an overtime, and, ultimately, Game 7 which the Heat won. Not even Bill Russell, who won 11 titles in 13 seasons with the Celtics, stuck around that long. Forbes.com

Popovich and his Euro-darkhorse pilfering GM, R.C. Buford, are on Spurs version 3.0, having gone from the original Duncan-Robinson-Sean Elliott nucleus to Duncan-Parker-Ginobili, then to this team that was five seconds away last spring with Kawhi Leonard leading a young supporting cast. Of course, this season they’ve been hit with all sorts of injuries... saving Popovich the trouble of resting guys, who are recuperating instead. In Parker’s case, the “forseeable future” lasted 12 days before he returned to make 10 of 15 shots in a victory over Dallas. Seems like a long run, if you ever stop to think about it. “I do,” said Popovich. “So the next time it gets turned over, somebody else is going to be there.” Forbes.com

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“We’ve been fortunate enough to have a core for quite a while, so that continuity has been great,” Popovich said. “We’ve sort of put the pieces around it for the last 15, 16 years. But Tim Duncan has allowed us to do that. Without him, I’d be coaching the JVs at Pomona [College] or something.” “Pop and [general manager] R.C. [Buford] are doing a great job of putting teams together,” Duncan said. “They keep our core together and that’s a huge help. We continue to do well in the draft with our late picks and continue to build around a system that is in place to play the way we want to play. We’re able to execute and understand the discipline it takes year in and year out.” Boston Globe

February 20, 2014 Updates

With media members crammed into one corner of the Spurs' tiny locker room at Staples Center, Tim Duncan was halfway through a postgame interview when Popovich joined the group briefly and shouted his own question. “Timmy, are you retiring after the season?” Popovich bellowed. Duncan deadpanned a quick response: “Yes. Tomorrow. Is that all right?” San Antonio Express-News

February 19, 2014 Updates

Citing “whispers” and phone calls, including from San Antonio, about Duncan’s plans, Karl told ESPN on Tuesday he had heard of Duncan’s plan to exercise his player option to walk away from the final season of his three-year deal with the Spurs and retire after this season. “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.” San Antonio Express-News

February 18, 2014 Updates

In his ESPN spot yesterday, George Karl noted that this could be Tim Duncan’s final NBA season. “Over the weekend, that was the whispers that I got,” Karl said. “I got a couple phone calls — one from San Antonio that said Tim Duncan’s thinking like this is gonna be his last year. He’s the most fundamental big guy in the history of the NBA, and his leaving would make me very, very sad.” The Big Lead

February 13, 2014 Updates

Had a 20-minute conversation on the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM) with basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry on Thursday. Listen to the full interview here. I asked Barry to pick his best five NBA players, by position. Basically his "Dream Team," of current active players. He gave me five, plus a sixth man. PG: Chris Paul --- "Best point guard right now. Period." SG: LeBron James --- "I'd put LeBron at the 2... now he can shoot the basketball. I'd love to see him be able to learn how to catch the ball and use his first dribble as a productive dribble to get by his man. Oh my God. If he ever learned that he'd be insane." SF: Kevin Durant --- "He has done what great players do... watch some of the great passes he's making to his teammates. Kevin's put that into his arsenal. That's made him that much better of a player, and he's doing so much more to help his teammates." PF: Tim Duncan --- "It's hard not to take Tim Duncan as long as he's playing because I'd take him on my All-time team C: Dwight Howard --- "Even though he has a weakness with free-throw shooting, there aren't a whole lot of good centers who are developing." Oregonian

Neither Popovich nor captain Tim Duncan could recall a time in their 16 seasons together in which the Spurs have been more injury-wrecked. “If you know somebody's injured, they're going to be out for the year or four months or something, you get your team together and you play,” Popovich said. “What's been odd with this, it's a different team every two games. We haven't been able gain any traction.” San Antonio Express-News

February 9, 2014 Updates

All in all, Jefferson – All-Star snub be darned – is quieting the many critics who questioned the Bobcats' decision to bring him aboard last summer. He remains a rare breed of offensive player, a dominant post presence whose scoring production (20 points per game) and rebounding (10.6) are at their highest since his 2008-09 campaign with the T-Wolves. In this day and age when centers have been stricken from the All-Star ballot and the Miami Heat have won back-to-back titles with a perimeter-oriented attack, Jefferson relishes his role as a relic. "The league has changed so much," he said. "It's more of run and gun, big men shooting jumpers and threes, so for me to still have that – guys like me, (the Sacramento Kings') DeMarcus Cousins, (the San Antonio Spurs') Tim Duncan – to still have that low-post presence game, where you demand a double-team and are a mismatch, I just think that's something that a lot of people don't have. It makes you very unique. I'm very proud of that." USA Today Sports

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The schedule to come is brutality defined: Entering Friday, 12 of their next 14 games were on the road, including both the current three-game trip and the nine-game marathon affectionately known as the "Rodeo Road Trip" that so often serves as a high-point of their annual journey toward playoff contention. With usual suspects Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili already leading the way like always (they're the top three in team scoring), Popovich can only hope that this trip down memory lane with his oldies-but-goodies continues. "I'm disappointed for the team, because this is a time when we always try to make hay," Popovich said. "Historically, that 'Rodeo Road Trip,' that time before, during and after the All-Star break has always been good for us. We've got a lot of away games. It's a great time to come together and get the bunker mentality, and all that trade crap. But it works for us. So this road trip, and the one right after it, you'd like to be at full strength for that because it has been important for us getting momentum for the season. So I'm disappointed for them. USA Today Sports

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