Let’s travel about one year back in time. It’s the end of Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs have suffered a devastating elimination in the hands of LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Tim Duncan, aged 37 back then, knows that this was one of his last chances to win a ring before retiring. During the post – gamepress conference he appears to be totally disappointed and frustrated with the result. And although most of the people around the league expect to hear him announcing his retirement, he promises – to himself first and foremost, then to the rest of the NBA world – that he will come back for more.
And he did.
And he did much more than just returning for another good season with the San Antonio Spurs.
At the age of 38, Tim Duncan continues to be arguably the league’s best power forward and of course, he will go down in history as the best power forward to ever play the game. The future Hall of Famer is continuing to be one of the main ingredients of Gregg Popovich’s recipe for success. He is continuing to play at the highest level and he just doesn’t seem to be affected by age. Duncan was a big factor in the Spurs’ historic run during the 2013 – 2014 season and he now is a key to success for Gregg Popovich during the NBA Finals. Duncan has a big advantage inside against a Miami Heat team which lacks size and bulk. Of course, the versatile forward knows that well and he kills his opponents thanks to his skills close to the basket.
No one can really know what Tim Duncan will do next season, if he will continue to play or if he will choose to hang his shoes. His body seems capable of keeping him in action for at least one more season. However, after 16 full seasons in the NBA, most of which included playoff participations for the Spurs, it might be time for Duncan to call it quits.
Especially if the San Antonio Spurs win the NBA Championship this season and keeping in mind that several other members of this Spurs team are aging, Duncan will have a unique chance to retire at his peak. It will be great for the NBA world to remember Duncan as the dominant, ever – young superstar who won a championship in three different decades and two different millenniums. If the Spurs win it all this year, it will be strange to see Duncan continuing to play for one – or maybe more – seasons.
On the other hand, if the Spurs fall to the Miami Heat for the second time in a row, Duncan could have a strong motivation to continue playing the game. The San Antonio Spurs proved that they are even better this season in comparison to a year before. So, they might as well continue their great course next season and try to earn their third in a row NBA Finals appearance.