Return or retire? Tim Duncan addresses future on SiriusXM NBA Radio

It was the rematch that wasn’t. No Heat comeback. No heartbreak for the Spurs. No trophy in South Beach.

The 2014 NBA Finals were much nicer to the Spurs than 2013.

This time, the Spurs and their Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili bested the other Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to bring San Antonio its fifth NBA Championship.

But even while the confetti was falling, the question was obvious: Would this be the last hurrah for Tim Duncan? With one year left on his deal, the decision to return for one more run is entirely up to him.

SiriusXM NBA Radio went to the source on Thursday as the 17-year veteran All-Star joined The Starting Lineup with Frank Isola and Malik Rose, and answered the burning question.

We’ll see. I feel great. I feel healthy and I love the team that we have. But, we’ll see what happens. I’m just enjoying the time right now, getting re-acclimated, spending some time with my kids, doing that stuff. This year was just as much a grind on them as it was on me. So I’m going to take my time and make that decision, and make the right one.

Part of the decision for Duncan involves being able to go out on top, and he spoke about how much this championship means to him.

Point guard Tony Parker also called into The Starting Lineup on Thursday, and in addition to talking about the title win, he was asked if he thinks Duncan will return. Parker didn’t hold back.

“I hope so. It’s a tough one because it would be tempting to finish at the top and leave just like David Robinson did, so it’s a tough one.” Parker said. “Either way I will support him. You know I love him and I’ll just support his decision. Part of me wants to be selfish and say, ‘Hey, play one more year,’ because I’m kind of scared of the day that I’m going to have to play there without Timmy and without Manu, and it’s going to be very weird when that day will come, so if we can push it one more year, I would love that, but if he wants to retire, I totally understand.”


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