HoopsHype Tim Duncan rumors
Instead, Bryant appeared more bothered about a certain rival named Tim Duncan tying him for NBA championships after the San Antonio Spurs beat the 2014 Finals against the Miami Heat. Duncan appears in great position to win a sixth ring next season to eclipse Bryant. “If you ask me if I’m okay with Tim doing it, I’m not,” Bryant said. “I’m not okay with that.” Los Angeles Daily News
The Spurs begged David Robinson, at 37, to play on after the 2003 Finals, but The Admiral couldn't be swayed after kneeling down to kiss the center circle in triumph. Fortunately now, more than a decade later, no one within the Spurs' circle seems to think they will have to lobby Duncan too hard. ESPN.com
Tim Duncan, Parker and Ginobili won't be around forever and even with them around, Popovich has repeated that Leonard needs to be the best Spurs player on the floor if they want to win. "The next step is learning how to carry a team and carry the full load scoring wise," Leonard said. "I know people are going to put the main focus on stopping me so I need to learn how to make my teammates better by passing and creating opportunities for them." USA Today Sports
But teammate Tony Parker and Spurs chairman Peter Holt both expect that Duncan and Manu Ginobili — who has already said definitively he’ll be back for the last season of his current two-year deal — will return to help the Spurs defend their title. “It will come to an end but I don’t think next year,” Parker said. “I think everybody’s gonna come back.” Holt said, “Tim and Manu are going to play until they die, so I think we are in pretty good shape. Tim and Manu want to play until they die, somewhat sincerely, actually.” San Antonio Express-News
Duncan must decide by June 24th whether he wants to pick up an option to return. “I don’t have any plans on doing anything,” said the future Hall of Famer. “I’m going to figure it out when it comes. I’m not saying I’m retiring. I’m not saying I’m not retiring. I’m not saying anything ... I’ve always said if I feel like I’m effective, if I feel like I can contribute, I’ll continue to play. “Right now I feel that way, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t have a time frame.” Toronto Sun
Was there ever a moment it looked like breaking up the Big Three was the best option? “There were times that other people said we should be breaking it up. But what’s the alternative? Our best alternative was to keep the group together. There were some givens. I don’t think we were going to trade Tim Duncan, and maybe others. With that being the case, assuming that wasn’t going to happen, what were you going to do? Our best solution to to keep the group together, to meet their expectations. I don’t think we really worry about anybody else’s expectations except our group’s, and the commitment we have to them.” San Antonio Express-News
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