Posted February 18, 2014

George Karl: I’m hearing ‘whispers’ this might be Tim Duncan’s last season

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Tim Duncan has a player option for $10 million next season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tim Duncan has a player option for $10 million next season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Veteran coach George Karl, who led the Denver Nuggets from 2005 to 2013, said this week that he’s hearing “whispers” that this is Tim Duncan’s last season in the NBA.

Karl, now an NBA analyst for ESPN, said that he received a number of phone calls recently — including one from San Antonio — that said the 37-year-old four-time MVP is thinking about hanging it up after the current season.

Karl’s comments, as transcribed by Paul Garcia of Project Spurs:

“You know, over the weekend, that was the whispers that I got. I got a couple of phone calls, one from San Antonio, that said that Tim Duncan’s thinking this is going to be his last year. The best, most fundamental big guy ever to play in the NBA, and [him] leaving would make me very very sad. The San Antonio Spurs without Tim Duncan would be very difficult for me to watch.”

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Duncan, a two-time regular season MVP and three-time Finals MVP, signed a three year, $30 million extension with the Spurs in 2012. (He has a player option for next season.) Guards Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are also under contract with the Spurs for this season and next.

Selected first overall by the Spurs in the 1997 draft, Duncan has career averages of 20 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. San Antonio is currently the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a 38-15 record heading into the second half of the season.

Footage with Karl’s comments:

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15 comments
6marK6
6marK6

The Spurs are built to challenge for a crown for at least the next two years. Think it would be a bad choice to step down now. 

GOSFIELD
GOSFIELD

Great player - Great team

Mr. Rooster
Mr. Rooster

all star roster should be 14.  No way should Tim D miss out on his last year!  Arghhhh!

Mark112
Mark112

I'm hearing whispers that even when George Karl had the best team in the NBA, he still couldn't bring home the title. 


Signed,


Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp

Mark112
Mark112

The guy can barely get up and down the court anymore. He runs as if he's doing an impersonation of Fred Sanford.

Borjo
Borjo

The best player ever in any sport ......... talent, teamwork, selfless, respectful, professional, etc.  It's also nice to see that the Spurs takes very good care of him.


What a classy player .......... 

effeweall
effeweall

careless whispers?  George Karl?  George Michaels?  Coincidence?  WHAM!!!

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

The best ever at his position and doesn't feel the need to make sure that he tells everyone about it, they just know.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Say it ain't so Timmy! You gotta go out with a championship, like the Admiral.  The man played his heart out in the Heat series last year but his teammates (I'm looking at you Manu and TP) couldn't get it done.  Manu was MIA the whole series and TP disappeared in games 6 and 7.  One rebound or free throw away from a championship...

Plainview
Plainview

@Nate the Pate would love to see Tim get one last ring, but I don't see it happening. Incredible player in talent, intelligence, and manner.