Tony Parker Wants Tim Duncan to Go Out Like David Robinson, a Champion
In case you've forgotten (since it's been so long since they actually played a game), the San Antonio Spurs are on their way to the NBA Finals, and Tony Parker wants to win a championship just in case Tim Duncan decides to call it a career.
Parker told Rachel Nichols in an interview that he wants Duncan to retire on top, just like David Robinson did back in 2003.
Apparently the two had this conversation following the 2012 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
Whether or not it's a subtle allusion to a possible retirement announcement following this season is definitely up in the air. At the very least, it reminds us all of just how close Duncan is to retiring.
After a tough season in 2012, his shooting percentage dipping below 50 percent for the first time since 2008 and averaging the fewest points of his career, Duncan had a huge bounce-back this season.
Duncan's resurgence, combined with San Antonio's potential to win a title this season, has started rumors that this could end up being the big man's final year.
His time with Robinson had to show him what kind of value there was with retiring after winning a championship, so it's not entirely out of the question.
And of course, his retirement has bred suspicion that Gregg Popovich could be on his way out as well - something else that Parker addresses in the interview.
Pop talked about the possibility of retirement earlier this season, even potentially going off in tandem with Duncan (Via Mysanantonio.com):
When he doesn’t think he can, he’ll stop. It might be in the middle of a game. I can see him walking off the court saying, ‘Nah, I’m not pulling my weight anymore. I’m gone.’ And he’ll walk. And I’ll be right behind him, like this. No pride, no nothing.
After Grant Hill and Jason Kidd announcing their retirements just a few days apart, it's hard to imagine Duncan walking away following the season as well.
While the new era of the NBA has been in swing for three or four years now, it's still sad to see the great monuments of the former generation crumbling and ultimately disappearing.
Losing Duncan might be too much to handle.
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