Did Pop provide clues to Duncan's future during UC visit?

Did Pop provide clues to Duncan's future during UC visit?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 06/15/2014 - 22:20

After San Antonio dominated the 2014 NBA Finals, everyone is wondering whether this is the wend of the road for Tim Duncan, 38, who won his fifth title 15 years after getting his first.

The answer is unclear, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich provided some insight to Duncan's mindset before playing the Bulls at the United Center in March.

"It's all about two things: His character and his love for the game," Popovich said of Duncan. "He's someone who loves to play basketball and truly loves the camaraderie of the locker room and the practice sessions, the competitiveness of the games. Because of that, he's done everything he can do to prolong his career.

"That means what he puts in his body, what he does in the summertime, the sacrifices he makes so that he can play as long as possible. It's really all about him."

That's not an official answer, but my feeling is Duncan, Popovich and Manu Ginobili go for two more years. Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard gave the team a huge boost and there's no reason to think the Spurs can't contend again next season.

Leonard was the 15th pick of the 2011 draft, acquired in a trade with Indiana for guard George Hill.

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