HoopsHype Tim Duncan rumors

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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

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"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

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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

“There’s some big ‘ol women down there,” Barkley said, repeating insults he has tossed out several times over the years. “That’s a gold mine for Weight Watchers…Victoria is definitely a secret. They can’t wear no Victoria’s Secret down there.” O’Neal stressed that Barkley is “just joking” whenever he takes such shots. “I’ve known Charles a long time,” O’Neal said. “He’s just having a fun time. The women here are mamita linda…very beautiful, very pretty.” San Antonio Express-News

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Yet, here they are, their season one loss away from extinction already. Game 7 is Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center. “We're here to win four games,” Spurs captain Tim Duncan said. “We have one more at home to do that. We played great in the regular season to put ourselves in position to have home court, so there's no disappointment there. We want to go in there and win this game.” San Antonio Express-News

May 1, 2014 Updates

But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him. "He's a big body," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game. "We're going to need that energy out of him again, especially since he missed tonight, I think he's going to be fired up for Friday. And we're going to need him to play big again. We're going to need him to be big on the glass. We need every offensive rebound we can get." Dallas Morning News

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