San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan has a big decision to make this offseason: return to the Spurs or call it quits after an illustrious 18-year career. Duncan hasn’t provided any hints to what his decision will be, but former Spur Antonio Daniels thinks Duncan will be back, according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:
“I would be very surprised if he retired,” said Antonio Daniels, Duncan’s friend and former teammate with the Spurs. “As long as he’s staying at a level where he feels like he’s relevant and competing, I can’t see it.”
Duncan was certainly very relevant for San Antonio this season, and he was especially great in the first-round series loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. At the ripe age of 39, Duncan averaged 17.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 58.9 percent in the seven games. Simply incredible numbers from a player of his age.
The Spurs would certainly welcome Duncan back, and the same can be said for Manu Ginobili. After being eliminated, Ginobili said that “retirement could happen easily.” Ginobili also said in a self-penned column for La Nacion, the national newspaper in Argentina, that Duncan’s decision could help sway his own mind. So for now, it seems San Antonio will get either both or neither next season.