San Antonio Spur Hall of Famer Tim Duncan spent more than an hour giving a one-on-one interview with a Caribbean radio personality on Wednesday. As expected Duncan shares his thoughts on retirement, his family and fans.
It was a very personal and intimate interview between Duncan and Rash Clenance. It was not your typical interview, it was not set in a large room surrounded by media contingents, but a kitchen table with Duncan, Clenance each with a microphone and a Ipad in front of them. It was in fact the perfect setting for Duncan, a person and player that does not want to be stuck in the spotlight.
— Vanessa Macias (@VanessaLMacias) July 13, 2016
In listening to the interview, you can hear the respect the two had with one another. Clenance as he stated in the interview that he once worked for Duncan’s father and also took credit that he knew Duncan was going to be something special whether it be in swimming or basketball. It was a
“I started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn’t fun as much. When it’s not fun anymore, I’m done”. – Duncan on retirement
time where two friends sat and talked. As Duncan’s wife Vanessa Macias
, Clenance was the only one that could possibly get the real deal from Duncan, at it was proven. There were a lot of laughs from both parties during the interview.
During the interview, Duncan stated money was never a big deal to him, saying he agreed to be paid less than his worth in order to keep the Spurs competitive.
Clenance then asked him about being described as one of the greatest players of all time, Duncan said, “I don’t care where you rank me, but I know I’m in the conversation.”
The one question that Duncan was asked that many were waiting to hear the answer to was why he is retiring from basketball. “I started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn’t fun as much. When it’s not fun anymore, I’m done”.
You can’t help but respect the decision of a player whom has done it all and maybe had nothing more to accomplish. With the amount of accolades in which he accomplished, the All-Star Selections to the All-NBA teams to the five titles he brought to the city of San Antonio, his work was done.
On a fun note, Duncan was brought back to the 1997 draft when he and Antonio Daniels were seen with a camcorder when Duncan may or may not have invented the ‘selfie’.
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The day has officially come. Duncan has stepped away from the game of basketball. Though he stated that he could still play, and he’s heard of players having the itch to come back, he is sticking with his decision.
Closing out the interview, Duncan thanks the fans. “It’s been fun. the next chapter will be fun too. I really enjoyed the ride, the cheers, the laughs, the highlights, the lowlights, everything that comes with the package. Thank you guys for being involved in that part of my life with me”.
If we learned anything about the interview, it’s that Duncan remains as humble and modest as he was during his 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.