View Full Version : When will Tim Duncan retire?

12-08-2012, 07:44 PM
As I still come to grips with the fact that Duncan is producing at his highest levels since the tailend of his prime I couldn't help but wonder if the talks of Duncan's great demise have been greatly exaggerrated. His PER 36 numbers have remained comparable from a production standpoint despite the fact that his minutes have decreased. This can partly be attributed to Pop's savvy strategy of "saving" his stars by protecting their minutes in less significant regular season games.

Factoring in these developments and the knowledge that so much of his game based on fundamental skills and basketball IQ, I began to wonder how long Duncan can last. Karl Malone played until he was 40. Shaq played until he was 38. Tim Duncan is currently 36 years old. My question is simple:

When will Tim Duncan retire?

12-08-2012, 07:45 PM
He just signed a new 3 yr deal, right?

RonE Coleman
12-08-2012, 07:46 PM
Hopefully never :)

Technique and size never go away

12-08-2012, 07:46 PM
probably 2016

12-08-2012, 07:47 PM

RonE Coleman
12-08-2012, 07:47 PM
probably 2016

Thanks Miss Cleo :cool:

12-08-2012, 07:51 PM
PSD never disappoints. Within 5 votes we have a pick for cyborg. :)

RonE Coleman
12-08-2012, 07:52 PM
PSD never disappoints. Within 5 votes we have a pick for cyborg. :)

That would be mine :clap:


12-08-2012, 07:56 PM
He could play for a very long time. He is in a great situation currently, playing with talented players in a system they've played in for a long time, and all the players have a lot of experience and chemistry together. Then you have a coach that limits the minutes and games for his older players. Pop really understands how to use veterans, and rely on rookies to help develop them.

He could play into his 40s I think. Which is well into his decline, but he'll be able to make that midrange shot and rebound til his kids are in the league

12-08-2012, 07:59 PM
Apparently him and Popovich are planning to retire at the same time.

12-08-2012, 08:02 PM
He's got a player option for 2014/15.

12-08-2012, 08:07 PM

12-08-2012, 08:14 PM
He's a Cyborg.

12-08-2012, 08:15 PM
I think it depends if the Spurs can be competitive in the future with their stars declining. Duncan will play out his contract and if the Spurs are still contenders in 3 years maybe sign on for another year or two. He wont sign elsewhere but i dont think hell come back if the Spurs arent genuine contenders.

Pran Raznor
12-08-2012, 08:22 PM
He told me "pretty soon".

12-08-2012, 08:24 PM
If you look at his per36 numbers, he really isn't far off from the production level of his prime. If Pop wanted to run plays through him, or needed to, Duncan would still be posting 20+ and 10+ a game. He can do it. But Pop knows that the success of the team depends on the depth of th team, and so sets up an offence that gets everybody involved.

Duncan can easily play until 40, and if he was as much of a glory-hound/ball-hog as some other starts who have been in the league for 15+ years, he could be averaging 25 points a game (and he could have been average that or more since his sophomore season if he made an issue out of getting the ball the way some people do).

12-08-2012, 08:27 PM
This year and one more is my guess

12-08-2012, 08:34 PM
when the knicks beat them in this years finals

12-08-2012, 08:45 PM
+1 for cyborg. The man is a machine, he's almost emotionless with the exception of his mechanical eyebrow raise which is his programmed response to a foul called on him or the sight of Joey Crawford.

12-08-2012, 09:16 PM
He'll never retire once he gets Regenokine injected into his brain. If it works wonders for Kobe's knee imagine what it would do to your brain?

12-08-2012, 11:58 PM
Duncan's got a very sound game. He doesn't rely on athleticism so it's not surprising he's putting up these numbers. What's been bothering him the past three years are his knees(According to Shaq, one of TD's knees are bone on bone). Duncan trained all summer and lost a lot of excess weight and found something that works for his knees according to this quote:

"My pain level is down a whole lot. I've found something that works with my brace and the treatments," said Duncan, who signed a three-year contract extension with the Spurs this offseason. "I'm just feeling good health wise."

12-09-2012, 12:12 AM
In the next year or two.

12-09-2012, 12:15 AM
Hopefully after this year. Sick of him

12-09-2012, 12:22 AM
july 22 2015 at 9: 42 AM

12-09-2012, 12:28 AM
When he damn well feels like it.

Lab Rat Robby
12-09-2012, 12:40 AM
i would have voted the 2-4 but that kareem malone thing was just too appealing.

12-09-2012, 12:49 AM
Hopefully after this year. Sick of him

You'll probably have to deal with him another couple years. I know how much of a headache he can be at times.

12-09-2012, 12:51 AM
Apparently him and Popovich are planning to retire at the same time.

Na Pop says that jokingly, and said he wants to continue to coach as long as he can.

12-09-2012, 12:53 AM
How can anybody hate Timmy? He is such a class act. Prob in 2014-2015.

12-09-2012, 10:06 AM

Before this season I said Tim has got a couple more seasons In him, but not since he apparently found the fountain of youth whos knows. He has managed to change his game over the years to help prolong his career.

12-09-2012, 10:27 AM
Tim Duncan cannot ever really disappoint. He makes everyone better on the team. He doesn't even have to dominate anymore. When he has to based on injuries or the need based on opponent he can. I would say he can retire whenever he wants. He's earned the right to play as long as he wants. The Spurs are going to be such a different team when he leaves.

12-09-2012, 10:51 AM
Espn: Breaking News: Woj reports Tim Duncan is now a Cyborg and will never retire.

12-09-2012, 02:26 PM
damn you KoB. I have claimed he was a cyborg multiple times!

12-09-2012, 02:47 PM
Within the next 2 or 3 seasons.

12-09-2012, 04:00 PM

12-09-2012, 04:02 PM
I'd say after next season. He is looking really good right now though.

12-09-2012, 04:11 PM
In like 35 minutes