NBA Rumors: Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan Will Leave San Antonio Spurs Together

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Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) and power forward Tim Duncan (right) during overtime in game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 103-100 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Through 17 seasons in the NBA, four championships, two MVPs and 14 All-Star games, Tim Duncan has only played for one team and under one coach: the San Antonio Spurs and Gregg Popovich.

Popovich drafted Timmy, and the two have since maintained a special relationship.

Duncan has a player option in his contract for next season, 2014-15, for $10 million.

Popovich is the fifth highest paid coach in North America at $6 million; but he is 65 years old.

According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News, Popovich intends to be active in the NBA well into his 70s; he won’t retire when Tim Duncan does.

But I think differently.

Tim Duncan will sign another contract in the NBA.

For a few years, Tim Duncan was looking old.

His stats were dipping into the less-than-20-points-per-game category, a key sign of an aging superstar.

Now, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, he’s playing like a 26-year-old athlete.

He’s boxing. He’s swimming, throwing tires, fighting dragons.

What knee problems? Duncan has lost 15 pounds, a huge ease on his old man legs.

Will Popovich Coach the Spurs without Duncan?

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