Tim Duncan cemented his place as the best player of his era with what was his fifth NBA Finals win against Lebron James and the Miami Heat last month. The San Antonio Spurs have been dominant in the past 15 years or so, an unrelenting side that doesn’t seem to age nor release it’s stranglehold on teams at any point.
But Duncan was thinking about calling it quits after his most recent triumph. Whilst we all now know that the 38-year old will return for at least one more season, it seems that ‘The Big Fundamental’ wasn’t always so sure.
Talk Show Time
Duncan went on to David Letterman’s show to talk about his run to the NBA Finals and noted that he nearly decided to call it a career and retire at the top of his profession after his latest conquest. However, Duncan believes he has one more year left in him and wanted to come back to the team he’s helped build over the last decade of his life.
When Letterman asked Duncan if he thought about retiring after the Spurs’ NBA Finals victory over Miami earlier this month, the 38-year-old All-Star forward replied, “I did, I did.”
“I thought about calling it a career,” Duncan said. “But I felt I could at least do one more year. I felt I was still effective. I felt I could still play and help the team.”
Hall of Famer
It seemed like such an opportune time for Duncan to bow out on top. He’s not getting any younger and this could well be the last time he is an NBA Champion and thusly, with people clamouring over Timmy and his seeming never-ending legacy, the sure fire Hall of Famer had his chance at leaving in the proverbial blaze of glory.
But we should all be thankful of getting the chance to have one last season of seeing the double-double machine before finally leaving the league. So take it all in ladies and gentleman, this could well be the end of an era.
You can check out a clip of Timmy D on Letterman here...