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With Duncan appearing to still be in great shape, Green speculated the Spurs could sign him to a “Romo deal” should they make the Finals, a reference to the Dallas Mavericks signing newly retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to a one-day contract. “He’s trying to stay in shape,” Green said of Duncan. “He’s still looking like we could sign him. He could come back for Game 6 in the Finals or something like that and collect a ring, if we make it. If we are up in Game 6, three (games) to two, sign him to a Romo deal.”
Tim Duncan made his playoff debut at the Spurs morning shootaround Monday, working out with the team and cracking jokes with his former teammates. “It’s always good to see Timmy here,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “You could say he lightened the mood.”
Jabari Young: On a serious note, before it starts, from my knowledge, as of now no one has reached out to Tim Duncan about returning. Still retired #Spurs
Popovich also had to pause to check his emotions as he told the crowd how Duncan set an example for every teammate with whom he ever played by allowing Popovich to coach him hard, including the occasional high-decibel tirade. “If your superstar can take a little hit now and then, everybody else can shut the hell up and fall in line,” Popovich said, before a pause that nearly forced him to reach for the tissue he had stashed in his suit coach pocket, just in case. “I’m really thankful, because you allowed me to coach the team.”
“Pop gave his speech before the game and I didn’t even listen,” he continued. “The whole time I was, ‘Why is Timmy so special?’” Parker’s conclusion: Defining Duncan’s greatness is nearly impossible. “Start with the obvious,” Parker said. “He’s a superstar, and there’s a big difference between role players, stars, All-Star, superstar, and superstar-plus-plus. Timmy is superstar-plus-plus. He’s by himself, in his own league.”
With customary dry humor, Duncan closed his remarks by taking a poke at those who predicted he would have little to say when it came his turn at the event. “I won a lot of bets tonight,” Duncan said as he concluded a speech that lasted precisely four minutes. “I didn’t wear jeans. I wore a sport coat. And I spoke for more than 30 seconds. “Thank you, San Antonio. Thank you.”
Michael C. Wright: Here’s New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on San Antonio’s Tim Duncan: “I don’t know how many accolades you could ever put up on this guy. He’s just a tremendous guy, the best power forward that ever played the game. Probably, if you talk to anyone that knows him, he’s probably the most low-maintenance superstar that ever played the game; just a tremendous guy, a great person. This couldn’t come or happen to a better guy. There was no reason to wait. It’s not like they were gonna decide somewhere along the line his number was gonna be retired. It was gonna happen. So I think it’s great that they’re doing it early and doing it right now before he’s even a year out of the league.”
Pau Gasol: #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/rNCb6BrE0d
Popovich, though, acknowledged that the famously media-shy Duncan had to be talked into Sunday night’s post-game ceremony after San Antonio takes on the New Orleans Pelicans. “It was a tough one,” Popovich said. “He knew that, in the end, he had to do it because he knows he owes it to the fans, more than anything, who’ve come out and supported him through all those years. But that’s really the only reason he’s doing it. He doesn’t want any of the accolades, he doesn’t want to sit there in a chair and listen to us talk about him. He’s dreading it.
Duncan, though, has been a relatively frequently guest at Spurs practices this season, working out former teammates or new Spurs like center Pau Gasol or counseling younger players such as forward Jonathon Simmons. “He jumps in and out,” Popovich said. “A little bit of scouting [to] tell us what he thinks about this player or that player. Little bit of one-on-one here and there. Little bit of coaching, what we’re doing in pick and roll and what we’re doing here. Just hanging around. Just jumping in, putting a toe in the water, wherever he feels like it. It’s great.
The content of Duncan’s texts tell Elliott retirement has not dulled his former teammate’s acerbic wit. Their frequency tells Elliott something else about Duncan. “I asked him if he was missing it,” Elliott said, meaning the game itself. “And he said, ‘Hell yeah.’ ”
The Spurs will raise Duncan’s iconic No. 21 to the rafters in a ceremony following the game against New Orleans. The commemoration will come before a sellout crowd — with lower-level tickets fetching more than $1,000 on the secondary market — and a television audience watching live on FSNSW. “What could be better than to honor Timmy, with what he’s meant to the franchise and the way he’s conducted himself?” coach Gregg Popovich said. “It will be a special night. We’ll try not to embarrass him too much.”
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.”
“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.”
Duncan’s persistent presence around the team indicates to Popvich that the 40-year-old future Hall-of-Famer will have a role with the Spurs for many years to come. “I don’t ever see him looking at film in a room or diagramming plays – he’s too smart for that,” said Popovich. “But I can see him scouting or taking a trip some place, jumping on the plane with us here and there. I told him he can have any job he wants. He can help (general manager) R.C. (Buford), he can help me, he can help both of us. He can come once a week, or once a month, or every day. He gets to do whatever he wants. I mean, every time we go to a meal we raise a glass and toast him and say, ‘Thank you Timmy.’ He’s pretty much the man.”
Michael C. Wright: Tim Duncan is in the house today. pic.twitter.com/RdYZ7RFcYz
Monte Poole: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the retired star Tim Duncan: ‘He was like a security blanket for everybody.’
Sirius XM NBA: . @Frank Isola is “convinced” that Tim Duncan is going to play again this season. Do you agree? #TheStartingLineup
The post Tim Duncan transition may be easier than expected. Duncan, who retired after last season, was on the court with the Spurs during day 2 of training camp Wednesday, watching the team scrimmage and standing with a small group of guys, including Manu Ginobili, as they shot around. Spurs’ Coach Gregg Popovich joked that he and Duncan have spent the past few days arguing over fines for Duncan’s absence. Popovich had said Monday that he’d fine Duncan $2,500 a day for each day he missed. “Most people under contract are required to show up for their jobs,” Popovich said Wednesday. “He said he didn’t have a contract, but I told him I thought we had a verbal contract, and I thought that was just as good as written. We’re having a tough time right now, the two of us, trying to get him straight. He’s always been tough to manage but especially so now that he’s retired.” Popovich said that Duncan doesn’t have an exact title yet, and that he’d be the “coach of whatever he feels like.”
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.”
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have already retired after this past season, and Kevin Garnett still hasn’t decided whether to return for another year. “It may go down as the greatest retirement summer in NBA history,” Rivers said, hailing the competitiveness of that group. “The biggest thing, I think, those guys knew how to play. Kevin’s knowledge of the game — and Kevin doesn’t want to hear it, I literally talked to Kevin last night — but Kevin could be the greatest big man teacher in the game right now if he wanted to be. Whenever he did do it in practice there’s no one better than that. Paul Pierce is an NBA encyclopedia. You can ask Paul Pierce any historical question about the NBA. He knows it, he studies it, he loves it. Duncan’s the same way. What’s neat about all three of them (is) they’re all completely different individuals. I’ve never seen three different people, and Kobe can be four different individuals, yet all great in their own right.”
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
Tom Orsborn: Tim Duncan on his future being wide open: “That’s the beauty of it, I don’t have a script.” Wonder if he knows Pop has some ideas? #Spurs
Marc Stein: “Luckily I’m not dying. I’m just moving to another chapter” — Tim Duncan in his farewell interview today with @ViVidStreaming
Tom Orsborn: Tim Duncan says he got nice message from Steve Kerr about him being the greatest of teammates. #Spurs #Warriors
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.
Phil Jackson: He will be missed. He is a winner. My coach with the Knicks, Red Holzman, used this to measure a star: “How much better are the players who play with him?” That was Tim Duncan.
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.
Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, but wasn’t present for Tuesday’s news conference. “It’s not a show of humility in any sense or form. People who grew up with me know me,” Popovich explained. “I would not be standing here if it wasn’t for Tim Duncan. I’d be in the Budweiser League someplace in America, fat and still trying to play basketball or coach basketball. But he’s why I’m standing. He’s made livings for hundreds of us, staff and coaches, over the years and never said a word, just came to work every day. Came early, stayed late, was there for every single person, from the top of the roster to the bottom of the roster, because that’s who he was, in all those respects.”
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.”
Tim Reynolds: An emotional Gregg Popovich walks away, alone and silently, after speaking about Tim Duncan’s retirement today. pic.twitter.com/pFjFGmxFX3
Zach Randolph: congrats to tim duncan on a great career! nothing but luv & respect for u. the league is going to miss you. #ThankYouTD
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).
“On my flight home, I think I got cold feet,” Kidd continued. “And sometimes I have nightmares about that. Maybe I could have won a championship or two there. But I got really lucky with Dallas and won a championship.”
“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
Langston Galloway: Thank you Tim. Was a honor to get the opportunity to play against a Legend. Best PF in the history of our game. Mr. Fundamental
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
LeBron James: Timmy D you know how I feel about you, what you did for me and for the entire NBA. Thank you for an amazing career! #BestPFEver #Legend
Etan Thomas: Here is my Tim Duncan story: So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it. So as we are running down the court he says to me “that was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it”. So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again got more into his body and he couldn’t block it. I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing lol. I remember calling my boy Zee Chilton and telling him this story lol Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and the best power forward ever in NBA history. Respect
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!!!
Shaun Livingston: Thanks for everything TD! G.o.a.t at his position!
Jahlil Okafor: To the big fundamental.. A champion, a legend and mentor. Thank you.
Steve Luhm: Ex-Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Tim Duncan: “He is a terrific player and person. I can’t say enough good things about him. He always had the right frame of mind when he played. … He contributed so much to basketball because of the way he played.”
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
Boris Diaw: Dear Tim Duncan. Thank you for the impact you had on the game of Basketball and playing next to you was a great experience. #Respect21
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
Mike Conley: Congrats to a great competitor and champion. Incredible career. Pure class and the GOAT!! #ThankYouTD
Mario Chalmers: Can’t believe one of the greats is retiring. A lot of battles wit Tim Duncan in the finals. Always been a fan … tmi.me/1feS6u
Jabari Young: Asked Danny Green about Tim Duncan retiring…his response #Spurs “It’s a sad day in basketball… he is and always will be a legend in our league, and I’m really lucky to have played five seasons with a guy I’ve admired since I was in middle school/damn near my entire basketball life”.
Avery Johnson: Wow! What an end to an EXTRAORDINARY career!!! Great Teammate! Friend! #champion Leader! #TD #BigFundamental @spurs
Jeremy Lin: Congrats Tim Duncan on an amazing career!! Quiet and humble, but a killer and a champion on the court! #TheBigFundamental
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.”
Kobe Bryant: Congrats TD #19yrs #GoSpursGo
Marc Stein: Kobe Bryant tells me of frequent foe Tim Duncan: “More cutthroat than people give him credit for. I loved everything about him on the court”
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.”
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The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Donovan Mitchell to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “We are thrilled to be able to ensure that a person and a player like Donovan Mitchell will be with the Jazz organization for the long term,” said Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey. “His work ethic, passion and commitment to winning are all qualities that encapsulate Jazz basketball and ever since he arrived in Utah, Donovan has deepened those values for our team. We look forward to helping him continue to grow and continue to make a positive impact in our community.”
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell, on getting his second contract: “I wouldn’t say it was hanging over my head. To do what I did my rookie year, I was in shock. I’m gonna continue to be the same player that got me here.”