On ESPN’s broadcast and basketball Twitter there was a wake for the career of Tim Duncan during the fourth quarter of Oklahoma City’s Game 6 win. This could be his last game ever. He will go down as the greatest power forward ever, a five-time NBA champion and the man at the forefront of one of the NBA’s true dynasties. Yet, as he left the NBA stage, he didn’t want to draw attention to himself.
But is he leaving the NBA stage? Is Tim Duncan going to retire?
He has not answered that question all season, you didn’t expect him to answer it the night the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs, did you?
Duncan will want to get away from the game for a while, then make his announcement. He played well defensively this season, quarterbacking the best defense in the NBA, but on offense he struggled, averaging a career low 8.6 points a game. His lack of athleticism now — to be expected at age 40 — was exploited by the Thunder in this series.
But if he wants to come back the Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will welcome him back with arms wide.