Tim Duncan has a little over a week in which to decide whether he will play next season and he wasn’t tipping his hand after the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship.
But why wouldn’t he give it another season? The team has an infusion of youth in the form of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and a coach in Gregg Popovich who knows just how to get the most out of an aging roster. Duncan turned 38 this spring, Tony Parker turned 32 last month and Manu Ginobili will be 37 in July. Ginobili plans to return and Parker says he thinks “everybody’s gonna come back.” Spurs owner Peter Holt may have let his enthusiasm get the better of him, but he’s optimistic.
“Tim and Manu [Ginobili] are going to play until they die, so I think we are in pretty good shape,” Holt said (via MySanAntonio.com). “Tim and Manu want to play until they die, somewhat sincerely, actually.”
Well, maybe that’s a little extreme, but these players, who had the best record in the NBA, should have another run left in them.