Tim Duncan jumped into David Robinson’s arms. Just like 1999, when they celebrated their first championships. Just like 2003, when they celebrated another title and Robinson’s retirement. In 2014, it’s too late for any more beginnings. Is this another end? Long after Robinson closed the Spurs’ Twin Towers chapter, Duncan is still celebrating championships with him. Duncan has transcended eras, winning with Robinson as his partner in crime then with a guard attack led by Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and now with Kawhi Leonard winning Finals MVP. Robinson, meanwhile, is enjoying retirement and showing up for closeout games in San Antonio. It’s a blessed life for both. When Duncan entered the NBA in 1997, Robinson mentored him. Duncan was such a quick learner and skilled player, Robinson was the last of Duncan’s teammates to carry more-impressive credentials than him. That’s why Robinson holds such a special place to Duncan. Might Duncan follow his mentor again now? Robinson was the last Hall of Famer to retire after a championship season, going out on top in 2003. Duncan could do the same this year. Asked whether it would be difficult to walk away from such a strong team, Duncan said, “Uh, yeah.” But he quickly shut down the discussion. “I’m guessing you’re leading me into a question that I’m not going to answer,” Duncan said. “So, I will just go ahead and avoid that one.” Unlike Duncan – who faces a June 24 deadline to exercise his player option – Robinson announced his retirement before his last championship season. Well before he celebrated in 2003, everyone knew that was the end.
Tim Duncan, after winning his fifth championship, faces retirement questions
Pro Basketball Talk | Jun 16