Around the NBA trade deadline in February, there began to be the notion that Tim Duncan was on his last ride in the NBA. Whether this be because we forgot just how long Duncan has been in the NBA or because ESPN analyst George Karl pretty much stated it as fact, there is the feeling that we could be seeing the last stand of Tim Duncan and the final games of his NBA career.
But while there have been reports of this nature floating around, they thankfully don’t appear to be the case. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, this may not be the last ride for Duncan after all.
“Reassuring to hear Tim Duncan say he has only ‘a couple more’ playoff runs in him,” Stein noted. “Would seemingly suggest this is not his last then. Right?
One telltale sign of a guy looking to retire is the now standard retirement tour that the New York Yankees are making famous as their stars of the 90s fade into to the twilight of their careers. But Duncan has never been that sort of player and going out on a championship is more his style.
Even if the Spurs win the title this year though, it sounds like we’ll have Duncan in our basketball lives for just a little longer.