Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan may have played his last game with the San Antonio Spurs. One former Spur could not believe what he was seeing at the end of Game 6.
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Stephen Jackson, who played with the Spurs from 2001-03 and 2012-13, was in awe as the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. As he told
he like many others could not believe what was unfolding. That it could be it for Duncan. “I was [pressed] right up against the TV, like, ‘Dang, my boy, this could be it.’ I’m just standing there trying to look at Timmy’s face.
Duncan has had a phenomenal career, one that many dream of. With five championships, Most Valuable Player Awards, what more can Duncan accomplish if this is it? Exactly what Jackson was wondering as well.
“I hate to see him go … if he goes. Dave [David Robinson] went out with a championship and I think Tim deserved the same. But how much better can you be? How much more can you give to the game? He’s the best power forward to ever play this game.
This season has been one that has really overtaken Duncan’s abilities. At 40, he can’t be as aggressive as he once was, does not have the lift, and his mobility is limited. You just hate to see this happen to a player that usually can change the direction of the game.
Duncan could have walked away like Robinson after the Spurs’ fifth championship in 2014, but anyone can understand why he resisted. He loves to play. He loves to be on the team.
He has not come out and stated what his future is. After Game 6, Duncan did state that he was going to wait till everything settles down to figure out what his plans are. Jackson summed it up perfectly.
“I’m not sure if it’s over, but if it is … he didn’t ask Pop to take him out at the end but he’ll be cool with riding off into the sunset with no applause. I’m pretty sure he has no regrets.”