On Saturday night, however, Duncan will be forced to le…

On Saturday night, however, Duncan will be forced to leave his comfort zone and deliver a speech in front of a sold-out crowd as his jersey is retired and raised to the rafters. “I just think he wants to get it over with because he knew it was coming at some point,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told The Undefeated. “The sooner, the better. The quicker, the better. He probably won’t say much. He probably wishes we wouldn’t do it. “But he owes that to the fans to go out there and let them applaud him for what he’s done. He understands that.”

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“You knew that day was going to come,” Spurs guard Tony Parker told The Undefeated. “It’s already unbelievable that he played 19 years, especially with his knees. It’s a great honor. Well-deserved. He’s the best power forward of all time. I can’t wait for that day. It’s going to be a great night.” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said Duncan’s jersey retirement will be “emotional” for him. “A lot of flashbacks will come back to me because of what we went through. Most of his games were with me,” Ginobili said.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced additional details regarding Tim Duncan’s Jersey Retirement Night presented by H-E-B on Sunday, Dec. 18 when the Silver and Black host the New Orleans Pelicans at 6 p.m. CST. A special postgame ceremony honoring Duncan will take place on the AT&T Center floor and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Southwest and the FOX Sports Go app and will be carried live by WOAI-AM 1200 and KXTN-FM 107.5.
Tim Duncan’s retirement from the NBA this past summer not only left a void on the court and in the locker room for the San Antonio Spurs; it also left an emotional void for head coach Gregg Popovich. The pair spent two full decades together, winning five NBA titles along the way. And they had one of the strongest coach-player relationships the league has ever seen, which Popovich discussed Friday morning before taking on the Boston Celtics. “I miss him, of course, because I was with him for 20 years,” Popovich said ahead of the 1 p.m. tip-off at TD Garden. “It feels strange at times. He’s not on the bus. He’s not on the plane. I can’t joke with him or have him coach me and have him tell me what I’m doing wrong every day. So I miss all that.”
Duncan, however, is not completely out of the picture for the Spurs organization. While he may no longer be suiting up for San Antonio, he still visits the team regularly and makes his presence felt, especially with the Spurs’ younger players. “He’ll come in and maybe run the court,” said Popovich. “He’ll go into the weight room area and work out. He’ll peek in on practice here and there. He’ll come in and put his arm around (rookie) Dejounte Murray or some young guy and talk to him a little bit, which is kind of cool.”
Michael C. Wright: Tim Duncan is in the house today. pic.twitter.com/RdYZ7RFcYz
Spurs’ general manager RC Buford echoed those sentiments during an interview with a handful of reporters Wednesday. “Whatever he decides it will be,” Buford said. “I think he’s learning about life after playing. He can impact us in so many ways. I think we need to sit back and get a better understanding of how he feels like he wants to fit in, and what works for his family, and then we’ll figure it out from there. The gym feels better when he’s in it.” Duncan spent his entire 19-season career with the Spurs, leading them to five NBA championships. Buford said when Duncan decided to retire, he had a private conversation with Popovich. “You tried to prepare for it, and you tried to be ready to transition, but you never wanted to hear those words,” Buford said.
Jeff McDonald: You knew he wouldn't be able to stay away. pic.twitter.com/XwbmIra4FW
"I would have absolutely been interested in bringing him here. You always find a place for a guy like that, whose voice in the locker room is so strong, so clear, so impactful. "He's such a great teacher in practice. He should start a course in leadership. The NBA should designate who the best player is on each team and then they could bring Kevin in and he could teach them how to be the best player and the best leader. Better yet, they could bring him and Tim [Duncan] in and they could teach it together and show people how it can be done in two completely opposite ways."
Tom Orsborn: Interviewed Don Nelson for piece I'm doing on Pop. Nellie laughed out loud when told some say Pop's in for rough time w/out Duncan. Don Nelson: "Pop's an intelligent guy and he will adjust to anything... (Plus), Tim Duncan will always be a part of the Spurs. I've been around a lot of leaders in my life, but I've never been around a better leader than him." #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Tim Duncan -- "As of right now sitting here, I'm pretty sure I'm going to stay retired. I could probably still play, but it's time. I started not enjoying myself. It wasn't fun at times. I always said when that point comes when it's not fun anymore, I'm done."
Phil Jackson: He had some limitations — free throws and on the left block, we could trap his right shoulder — but he overcame those limitations and the Spurs were able to stop our fourth chance at another championship. When David retired, Tim had to carry a larger load, which initially affected him. But Tim took on the challenge. In the 2008 playoffs it was apparent he was trying to play with a knee issue. It impacted him. It was then that I thought the end might be coming for his effectiveness. But he continued to play with the same presence for the next seven years. I was amazed and completely taken by his dogged determination and his ability to overcome with grace and skill.
Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that the Spurs officially waived Duncan on Monday for salary-cap reasons. While the move was a mere formality, the club needed to do it to "waive and stretch" Duncan's $6.4 million salary for the 2016-17 season so that it's spread out over three seasons instead of one, which lessens the cap hit the team will take. Duncan exercised his player option for the upcoming season before the June 29 deadline, which means he'll receive his full salary for the upcoming season despite retiring. Consider it a parting gift for Duncan, who gave so much for the NBA, the city of San Antonio and the Spurs organization.
Popovich said Duncan is "too smart" to try his hand at coaching in retirement, but he plans to reach out to the former Spur to keep him involved in some capacity. "I don't think we're going to see Timmy going up and down the sidelines much," Popovich said. "But I have a notion he will at least listen to being involved, somehow or other, maybe even on a part-time basis. I'm certainly going to hit with everything I have to keep him around here as long as I possibly can because he means that much to everyone in the organization."
Marc Stein: Among the more emotional aspects of Tim Duncan Day: Sources say San Antonio had to officially waive him Monday for salary-cap reasons #rough
Al Horford: Much respect to one of the all time greats Tim Duncan! I always admired and respect your game and ability to change with the times. #winner
"We walk into our houses and thank Tim Duncan," Atlanta Hawks head coach and longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer says. "You think about all the coaches and all the GMs and even the assistant video guys who are now assistant coaches, all the people who have climbed the NBA ladder -- we all owe our success, our place in the league to Timmy. "The magnitude of that, the number of people in this league who have enjoyed opportunity or found fortunate spots in the league, you can trace it back to this one guy -- to the way Timmy played ball and the conducted himself. The 'culture' is Timmy."
On the day when Duncan announced his retirement after one of the all-time great NBA careers, Kidd revealed Monday that he actually told the San Antonio Spurs he would team up with Duncan when Kidd was the most sought-after free agent in 2003. Calling it "the biggest disappointment," Kidd said he still has nightmares about his decision to stay in New Jersey and sign a six-year, $103 million deal with the Nets, who were shortly later broken up by new ownership despite having a roster featuring the key players from two consecutive NBA Finals. "I thought I was going to be a Spur," Kidd, now the Milwaukee Bucks coach, said while watching his team during the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday. "I committed when I was down there on my visit (to San Antonio).
“I’m really speechless, to be honest; I’m a little surprised he’s not going to play for another four, five years,’’ Marks deadpanned of the 40-year-old Duncan, who spent his entire 19-year shoo-in Hall of Fame career in San Antonio. “Just incredible. Everybody knew this day would come eventually. What he’s done for this game, for the Spurs, for the city of San Antonio, the NBA as a whole is just incredible.”
Dwight Howard: Tim Duncan. Man where do I start.... We have had some epic battles. I remember my first game against you in San Antonio. I tried to pull a you on you and I ended up shooting the ball over the goal. Lol. I will never forget that. Watching you play throughout the years inspired me to keep pushing. You've always been a class act on and off the floor. While it's sad to see you go, the 19 years of work you put in will forever be in my heart and the hearts of many basketball fans around the world. Thanks Timmy.
Doc Rivers: Tim Duncan the G. O. A. T. at Power Forward. A star that was over himself, team first. Character, humility, competitor, leader = Champion
Sasha Vujacic: Congrats Timmy & thanks for all the memories. best of luck in your next chapter. #bestpowerforward #goat #nekotoodgorevidisve
Fred Katz: Nets GM (and former Spurs AGM on Duncan retirement) Sean Marks: "Really surprised he's not gonna play another four, five years"
Andrew Wiggins: Congratulations to one of the greatest players to ever play this game. You're truly a legend to the game of basketball and it was an honour suiting up against you in your Hall Of Fame career ! #ThankYouTD
Kevin Love: The BIG FUNDAMENTAL. Best Power Forward to ever lace them up. Like he has done with many before, TD gave me my first “Welcome to the NBA" moment in 2008. Truly an honor to watch you and compete against you for years. Thank you for the impact you had on the game... Brilliant career!!!
Jahlil Okafor: To the big fundamental.. A champion, a legend and mentor. Thank you.
Brad Turner: Shaq on Tim Duncan: "Tim Duncan greatest power forward in our generation. Playing against him was like playing against Hakeem Olajuwon. These two are what I call unfadeable big man. Nothing an opponent did phases them. Not trash talk. Not elbows. Not double or triple teams. What I love about Tim is he never talked. He just played. Tim I have your aarp application. Welcome to the old folks home of life.
Paul Millsap: Congrats to the great #TimDuncan. I learned a lot from this man over the years. #halloffamer #nbagreat #bigfundamental
Calvin Watkins: Jason Terry, a 17-year veteran, on the career of Tim Duncan: "Tim Duncan was a true professional. A champion. A true definition of a franchise player. The way he conducted himself on and off the court should be applauded. For my era, he set the standard for excellence."
Jared Sullinger: Congratulations to Tim Duncan on the retirement. One of my favorite players to watch when I was growing up https://t.co/RcoBokhrdM
Marc Gasol: For many and different reasons thank you Mr. Tim Duncan. Always led by example, will miss you on… instagram.com/p/BHut9odgBkg/
Greivis Vasquez: Tim Duncan thank for teaching all of us by example. Your leadership, desire and your fundamentals were always fun to watch.
Rudy Gobert: Congrats TD on your unbelievable career. Loved to compete against you. Always an inspiration. #ThankYouTD
Boban Marjanovic: It's been such a pleasure and honour first of all to even meet the Legend,one of my childhood heroes,and then to be able to learn from him directly. Forever gratefull for that opportunity! Not only that he is the best player but also one of the best people I've ever met. Wish you luck and success in the next chapter. #ThankYouTD
Avery Johnson: Wow! What an end to an EXTRAORDINARY career!!! Great Teammate! Friend! #champion Leader! #TD #BigFundamental @spurs
Mark Cuban: Upset at Tim Duncan we didn't get to honor him at a Mavs Spurs game. Happy I've had the opportunity to witness his greatness so often
Bill Herenda: #NBA statement on Tim Duncan retirement "Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. His devotion to excellence and mastery of the game led to five NBA championships, two regular-season MVP awards and a place among the all-time greats, while his understated selflessness made him the ultimate teammate. For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio and the league with passion and class. All of us in the NBA family thank him for his profound impact on the game."
Said longtime rival Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks: "He was always un-flashy. That's why he was never in the limelight so much. But he was so good. Could do it all. "Pass. Score on both blocks. Drive. Rebound. Great defender. Great shot-blocker. But he was always about winning, never about making a brand out of himself. That's what I appreciated the most."
Marc Stein: Shaquille O'Neal (@Shaquille O'Neal) to ESPN on the retirement of longtime rival Tim Duncan: "Greatest power forward ever. Unbreakable power forward."
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.
Reports indicate that Duncan is mulling retirement more heavily than at any time in his 19-season career. But many in San Antonio don't want him to leave and are willing to offer enticements to bring him back. The San Antonio Zoo tweeted it would offer free zoo visits for Duncan during the entirety of his next contract if he returns for one more contract.
Alex Kennedy: I've heard same. Spurs were telling free agents they'd likely know one way or the other about Duncan by the weekend. - Michael Scotto: Hearing rumblings a Tim Duncan decision on whether to retire or not could be announced as early as this afternoon. #Spurs
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