The San Antonio Spurs, not surprisingly, are rolling once again and look to be one of the best—if not the best—teams headed into the playoffs. At age 37, Tim Duncan is somehow still churning out brilliant performance after brilliant performance, and those waiting for the Spurs to look vulnerable will have to keep waiting.
But what happens when Duncan finally retires? Without the pillar for one of the most successful dynasties in professional sports, how will the Spurs keep chugging along?
At this point, it's not a question of how much longer Duncan can keep playing, after all, but rather how long he wants to. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports! is the latest reporter to try and nail down Duncan's future, but Duncan might not even know himself:
"When asked if he'd honor his contract through next season, Tim Duncan said he's taking it 'game by game.'"
That's the thing about Duncan. There isn't going to be some grand farewell tour with emotional goodbyes and tons of buildup. He'll walk away quietly whenever he's ready with plenty of dignity.
That being said, you have to think that if the Spurs win the title this year, Duncan will leave the game on top, and Gregg Popovich and Manu Ginobili probably won't be far behind.
Let's take a look at five ways San Antonio can keep it going without the greatest power forward to ever play the game.