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JordansBulls
06-16-2014, 11:44 AM
If you are Tim Duncan do you retire or try to repeat?

JayW_1023
06-16-2014, 11:55 AM
Why retire when you still have a lot in the tank? Even as his offense becomes less dynamic, he still protects the rim at an elite level.

BoSox47
06-16-2014, 11:55 AM
Obviously try and repeat. He is still playing at a very high level and so is the rest of the team. Leonard was a beast at the end of the series as well. They can contend for a championship next season.

raiderfaninTX
06-16-2014, 11:57 AM
I believe you go out on top, yeah it requires you to leave some of that fire on the table but your body will probably appreciate it. Also keeps you from hurting your legacy.

ManRam
06-16-2014, 11:58 AM
No good reason to retire. Going out on top is nice and all, but if you can still play (something he's proven) and you are on a championship caliber team, why bother? It's not like he's a guy playing way longer than he should and embarrassing himself by doing so...he's still a contributor.

I think the "going out on top" thing doesn't matter a ton from a legacy perspective. Who do we really significantly credit or discredit for going out on top or not? Individually it might mean something to him, but knowing he can still play and that he left a great team...well...that's something that certainly could cause a conflict of emotions down the road.

beyourself
06-16-2014, 12:07 PM
Could Duncan play 5 more years as a role player and remain effective in that role?

jericho
06-16-2014, 12:11 PM
He really has nothing left to prove. He has done anything he could have done in his career and nothing else he does after this point will impact the way everybody sees him. His place in nba history is already set in stone and what better way than to go on top.

giants73756
06-16-2014, 12:12 PM
Why the hell would be retire? Players who "go out on top" when they still have the ability are just scared to lose. These types of players do not deserve respect or admiration.

BKdoubleStacker
06-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Amazing that he is still playing this good at his age. He has atleast another year imo

jericho
06-16-2014, 01:30 PM
Why the hell would be retire? Players who "go out on top" when they still have the ability are just scared to lose. These types of players do not deserve respect or admiration.

That is your opinion and a lot of people disagree with it. Not saying you are wrong because some people mite agree with you. But just because you say doesnt mean that we all should feel the same.

*Superman*
06-16-2014, 01:43 PM
Why the hell would be retire? Players who "go out on top" when they still have the ability are just scared to lose. These types of players do not deserve respect or admiration.

So if he decides to retire this will be your last thoughts of him?

I could see this as an excuse for a player of LeBron's age, but not Duncan. He's what, 38 going on 39, he has small kids he probably wants to spend time with, who knows how many more seasons his body could hold up, he's been damn fortunate for a big to last this long. He's had an amazing run, there is nothing wrong about walking away now after he has accomplished so much. They came back after last season to redeem themselves and did just that. What more could they ask for?

I see valid points for both sides, I'd love to see that group go for a repeat too, but I'm not going to blame him either way.

PurpleLynch
06-16-2014, 01:47 PM
Try to repeat. Duncan has a team that could try to win also next year and he's aging very well. I think they'll need some youth to remain dominant,but SA front office knows always what to do.

d00d
06-16-2014, 01:48 PM
Plenty of time to sit on his ***. Playing in the NBA is the pinnacle of anyone's life and retirement is the beginning of the end.

Kaner
06-16-2014, 01:52 PM
If this series had gone 7 I would have said retire but with the curb stomping the Spurs just gave they can definitely repeat so I'd give it another season.

Rivera
06-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Try to repeat. One of the few things he hasn't done in his career

xnick5757
06-16-2014, 01:58 PM
No good reason to retire. Going out on top is nice and all, but if you can still play (something he's proven) and you are on a championship caliber team, why bother? It's not like he's a guy playing way longer than he should and embarrassing himself by doing so...he's still a contributor.

I think the "going out on top" thing doesn't matter a ton from a legacy perspective. Who do we really significantly credit or discredit for going out on top or not? Individually it might mean something to him, but knowing he can still play and that he left a great team...well...that's something that certainly could cause a conflict of emotions down the road.

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amak316
06-16-2014, 02:45 PM
When you retire early you leave 10s of millions of dollars on the table, all the while entering "the real world" still way too young to be retired. Sure you can do broadcasting or coaching, but now you are making a fraction of your salary doing something you are likely less passionate about than playing.

If I were an NBA player I wouldn't worry about my legacy, I'd keep playing as long as someone was willing to cut a check for my services and that check was greater than my other options. Let the hostorians debate your legacy.

Raps18-19 Champ
06-16-2014, 02:54 PM
He has enough to continue playing. I do think they won't repeat next year, but they'll make it to the ECF.

JEDean89
06-16-2014, 03:07 PM
^^^ they are in the west, and they will likely be just as good if not better next year. kawhi is just now entering into his own and i'd put my money on them being the best team in the league again next year.

ManningToTyree
06-16-2014, 03:13 PM
Play forever Timmy!

ManRam
06-16-2014, 03:17 PM
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:p

That's who I thought up, but he's still all-but universally considered the greatest ever. I don't think it really hurt him.

Shaq bouncing around wasn't great for him, but Duncan isn't bouncing around.

Ewing maybe? Zo hung around too long but he least it allowed him to sneak in a ring in 2006. Iverson? IDK, I think his legacy gets knocked for entirely separate reasons.

Even if Tim comes back and has a horrible year, whatever. What he's done already at such an "old" age is wildly impressive. I don't think his legacy could possibly take a hit at this point. So, with that in mind, why not keep going? They steamrolled thru OKC and Miami. Why leave that, especially when you can still play?

IndyRealist
06-16-2014, 03:51 PM
He really has nothing left to prove. He has done anything he could have done in his career and nothing else he does after this point will impact the way everybody sees him. His place in nba history is already set in stone and what better way than to go on top.

He had nothing left to prove 5 years ago. He had nothing left to prove when he took a paycut. He keeps playing because he wants to, not for his legacy.

ManRam
06-16-2014, 03:54 PM
He had nothing left to prove 5 years ago. He had nothing left to prove when he took a paycut. He keeps playing because he wants to, not for his legacy.

That's ultimately all that matters. He just needs to do whatever he wants to do and for whatever reasons. We can sit here and debate what he "should" or "shouldn't" do, or what we'd do, but only he can answer that question. I'm sure at this point he's not going to be worrying about legacy or "proving" anything to anyone. If he wants to go through the grind of a full season he'll do it. If he thinks he's ready to hang them up than he'll do it. Neither one is the wrong choice.

CELTICS4LYFE
06-16-2014, 04:01 PM
I think he should, go out on top and pass the torch to Leonard

Rockice_8
06-16-2014, 04:23 PM
Play the game until can't anymore. The team will be contenders again next year so why not. Only my family or a situation like a rebuild would make me retire. If neither of those scenarios are happening then why not.

He has the next 40 years to sit and do nothing. What's one more year. His legacy is cemented already, he's the best PF to ever lace them up.

KnicksorBust
06-16-2014, 04:33 PM
He really has nothing left to prove. He has done anything he could have done in his career and nothing else he does after this point will impact the way everybody sees him. His place in nba history is already set in stone and what better way than to go on top.

If he comes back, they win 60 games and win back to back titles then his legacy will move up another notch. How can you say someone's place is set when they can still accomplish more?

KnicksorBust
06-16-2014, 04:36 PM
He had nothing left to prove 5 years ago. He had nothing left to prove when he took a paycut. He keeps playing because he wants to, not for his legacy.

He may be playing because he wants to but his legacy is also becoming enhanced with each passing productive season. I never thought I'd see the day where I could comfortably rank Duncan ahead of guys like Shaq, Hakeem, Kobe, Starks, and here we are.

jericho
06-16-2014, 04:38 PM
He really has nothing left to prove. He has done anything he could have done in his career and nothing else he does after this point will impact the way everybody sees him. His place in nba history is already set in stone and what better way than to go on top.

He had nothing left to prove 5 years ago. He had nothing left to prove when he took a paycut. He keeps playing because he wants to, not for his legacy.

I already know that he had nothing to prove 5yrs ago and that he took a paycut so I really don't understand why you bringing this up or quoting me. We are giving our opinions that "he keeps on playing because he wants to" it's a lame cop out lol and we all know that his legacy is already set wether he retires or keeps on playing. But if I was him I would just go out on top not a lot of players can say that they did that.

AntiG
06-16-2014, 08:59 PM
play as long as your body will let you. You're getting paid like $15-20 million a year to play basketball.

kblo247
06-16-2014, 09:30 PM
Stay. It's an easy question for Tim just because pop has always coddled his minutes and gave him games off when needed. Why would that change?

NYJ - NYY
06-16-2014, 09:48 PM
When you retire early you leave 10s of millions of dollars on the table, all the while entering "the real world" still way too young to be retired. Sure you can do broadcasting or coaching, but now you are making a fraction of your salary doing something you are likely less passionate about than playing.

If I were an NBA player I wouldn't worry about my legacy, I'd keep playing as long as someone was willing to cut a check for my services and that check was greater than my other options. Let the hostorians debate your legacy.

That last paragraph... Perfect. Couldn't have said it better myself.

pebloemer
06-17-2014, 01:57 PM
He is far too good to retire. Go for #6 next year. He has the coach and supporting cast to have a realistic shot at it.

MrfadeawayJB
06-17-2014, 02:12 PM
Repeat. They could actually be better next season as a team

Crackadalic
06-17-2014, 02:14 PM
A chance to get a 6th ring with the team that hammered the former champs? Yeah he is playing next season

slashsnake
06-17-2014, 02:23 PM
When you retire early you leave 10s of millions of dollars on the table, all the while entering "the real world" still way too young to be retired. Sure you can do broadcasting or coaching, but now you are making a fraction of your salary doing something you are likely less passionate about than playing.

If I were an NBA player I wouldn't worry about my legacy, I'd keep playing as long as someone was willing to cut a check for my services and that check was greater than my other options. Let the hostorians debate your legacy.

Good point... it should all come back to what he wants to do. I know he took less for the team but he has still made a quarter of a billion dollars playing basketball. If he doesn't want to put himself through practices and another 90+ games next year, I am sure he could find a TV job where he could make a little cash and still be close to the game with a lot less work. He doesn't have a big off the court name, but he's well spoken and funny when he wants to be. Coaching I think is a lot more work though.

But I've never minded the old guys coming back and being shells of themselves. It does make me miss who they once were, but if that's what they enjoy go for it.

Maybe he would want to "retire" and come back as a free agent with about 20 games left in the season, get back in shape and play the playoffs. I am sure that would take a lot of adjustments for the team, but they know how to play with him and have a great coach. I don't think he'd be a negative impact.

beyourself
06-17-2014, 02:36 PM
When you were arguably the best player on the championship team you don't need to retire.

IversonIsKrazy
06-17-2014, 03:11 PM
As of right now, it doesn't look like anyone can stop Spurs offense. The bench and others are going to continue to get better. Duncan still averaged 15/10 in the finals and season. I'd stick around another year try to repeat. Go out with Manu next year

NBA_Starter
06-17-2014, 04:21 PM
If I were him I would come back.

Mell413
06-17-2014, 04:31 PM
He's still playing at a high level so if I were him I would comeback. Plus I'd hate to look back and wonder what if? The game will usually tell you when you're done. I'd rather go out knowing you gave everything you had.

torocan
06-17-2014, 10:44 PM
Still a starter? Still a deep team? Still in position to contend for a championship and possibly repeat? Still playing with your best friends? Still have one of the best Head Coaches of all time? Still feeling healthy and able to play?

Why on earth wouldn't you come back? :D:D:D

Mave1002
06-17-2014, 11:04 PM
Id give it another year, see what happens.

Defending champs, good health.

FreeAgentZero
06-18-2014, 02:24 PM
Try to repeat, or just continue to win. It isn't necessarily "championship or bust" with him. He's still extremely effective and probably a top 15 player when he's on the court. His game isn't based on athleticism so there's not any reason to think he can't continue to play at a high level for another 2-3 years. His options are pretty much...

1. Retire, live a peaceful, low-key life with his gorgeous girlfriend and spend time with his kids.

or

2. Continue to win 50+ games a year and contend for titles playing 25-30 minutes a night in a city that loves him and a coach that he considers one of his best friends. He'll still be able to spend time with his family, and he'll likely add $30 million to his bank account.

The whole "going out on top" thing is overrated. If you can make $30 million playing basketball at an extremely high level, why not do it regardless of the end result? Kareem, Ewing, Olajuwon, and countless others have gone on and retired after they stopped playing like elite players and we don't remember them any differently because of it. I don't see any reason why Duncan should retire right now.