HoopsHype Tim Duncan rumors

June 7, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates
June 3, 2014 Updates
June 2, 2014 Updates

"We just had a weird year this year," Duncan said. "We were pressing hard early on and grinding on each other, just because of what happened last year. "We were able to settle ourselves down. We played with a bunch of different lineups all year long. We had guys ready to play, and it's shown throughout these playoffs where guys just step up and step in and are ready to play. I'm proud of the team for just being ready, just not letting that weigh on us and using it as an excuse for anything. We're back here now, and we want to get it done this time." USA Today Sports

June 1, 2014 Updates

Neither, apparently, would the Spurs. "We're back here. We're excited about it," Spurs forward Tim Duncan said after the Spurs finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime in Saturday's Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. "We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time. "We're happy that it's the Heat again. We've got that bad taste in our mouths, still." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 31, 2014 Updates

"I'm jealous of Tim," Kobe Bryant tells ESPN.com, "playing for the same historically great coach for his entire career." "When you look at what Russell and Auerbach did, now that's a whole different stratosphere," says ESPN's Avery Johnson, former point guard and captain for Popovich, as well as Duncan's former teammate. "It was a different time. But I will say this: They're not far behind. "They were not in a Boston or a Chicago, like Michael [Jordan] and Phil [Jackson], or an L.A. You're talking about doing what they did in San Antonio." ESPN.com

May 30, 2014 Updates

It's a work ethic and hunger that runs counter to Duncan's Virgin Islands roots and otherwise laid-back nature. He turned 38 in April, has clocked more than 50,000 minutes in this league when you add the postseason to his total and, according to his good buddy Rose, isn't looking ahead to retirement with any semblance of relish. "He's not ready for it all to end, and he doesn't want it to end," Rose says. "I know that for a fact." ESPN.com

There's a lot of syrupy selflessness to wade through to try to solve the riddle. "We all see it R.C.'s way," says Spurs broadcaster and former small forward Sean Elliott. "We're not dumb. We all know we wouldn't have any rings without Timmy. Everybody understands that. We all feel like we're working for Timmy. "We joke about it, but I think the organization feels that way because he's such a special talent. They've been trying to surround him with the right group ever since they got him. They're always working for him." ESPN.com

May 28, 2014 Updates

By the time the 105-92 win that tied the series 2-2 was over, he wasn't alone. Tony Parker, who played just six of his 26 minutes in the second half when Popovich benched his starters, sat stone-faced as he watched the one-sided affair unfold. Tim Duncan, who had a meltdown moment of his own in the third quarter when he could be seen flailing his arms and yelling toward coaches and guard Danny Green about the latest defensive mix-up, had gone from stoic to steamed as he sat helpless on the sideline. They had every reason to be angry, not to mention worried. USA Today Sports

May 23, 2014 Updates

“I want San Antonio to win,” Cuban said on 105.3 The Fan’s “Ben and Skin Show” on Friday. “I want Tim Duncan to hit a game-winning shot to win Game 7, then go to the Finals, do the exact same thing, hit a game-winning shot in Game 7, run down the tunnel, never to be seen from again. “I want him to retire on the spot. I hope he gets that last ring and it’s all the incentive he needs to retire.” ESPN.com

May 20, 2014 Updates

Duncan finished with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting, with 21 of his points coming in the first half. The Spurs' backcourt of Tony Parker, Danny Green and sixth man Manu Ginobili that no longer had to fear Ibaka's long arms contesting on the perimeter shot 19-for-31 for 48 points. After shooting 44.2% against the Thunder in four regular season losses, the Spurs shot 57.5% from the field in all. "We always want to try to penetrate," Parker said. "We always want our ball movement, that's how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it's a little bit better with (Ibaka) not being in the paint, but we're still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen." USA Today Sports

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.