Tim Duncan will be back with the Spurs for the 2015/16 season, reports Mike Monroe
Straight from Tim Duncan: "I'll be on the court next year" ... story coming soon on http://t.co/LMDPrVQ6z4— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) July 2, 2015
Duncan didn't rule out retirement after the Spurs were eliminated in the playoffs, which led to speculation that he might have played his last game in the league.
He was an All-Star and second team All-NBA selection last season and didn't suffer any serious injuries, showing that he was still too good to retire. That being said, it was possible for him to simply walk away to spend more time with his children or avoid the grueling pace of an NBA season at 39 years of age. Fortunately, he decided to return for at least one more year.
The big man will return at a discount, like he has for years now, so that the Spurs will have maneuverability in filling out the roster. There's not much left to say about Timmy Duncan. He's one of the greatest players ever, he's kicking Father Time's butt, and he's brought thousands of smiles to hundreds of thousands of fans' faces in SA and elsewhere.
Next season will be Duncan's 19th in the league, a feat only 12 other players in history have achieved. If he plays at least 61 games he will vault past Jason Kidd for eight in most games played and should be able to move up the all-time list on rebounding, blocks and points. An All-Star berth with neither Kobe Bryant nor Kevin Garnett making it would leave him in second place all time in appearances in the event. A sixth championship would allow him to tie Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob Cousy.
While all those accolades and records would be well deserved, Tim Duncan's legacy is safe already. He would have been considered one of the greats even if he had retired. We are fortunate enough he's giving us another year to enjoy him.