NBA Rumors: Duncan still in control over the Spurs roster, Tim Duncan news & updates beyond retirement

NBA Rumors: Duncan still in control over the Spurs roster, Tim Duncan news & updates beyond retirement

The San Antonio Spurs will be playing for the first time without their star player in the upcoming NBA season, and all eyes will be focused on a team that has benefited so much from the services of the greatest power forward of all time. But is Tim Duncan really gone from the team’s future?

Despite Tim Duncan’s retirement, coach Gregg Popovich will be instilling with the Spurs roster the same kind of basketball he knows.

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Will it be as effective without Tim Duncan of whom they’ve focused their stratagems on, as it will be run by a new Spurs roster, save for a few like Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker?

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According to a report by Slam Online Gregg Popovich said, “He’s gone. I’ve put it out of my mind.”

“Same culture, same philosophy,” he said. “I only know what I know. We’ll hang our hat on defense. We just don’t have the greatest power forward of all-time playing for us anymore.”

That is a mild way of putting it, especially if one considers the Spurs roster ageing lead players with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili whose days in the league are numbered.

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On Tim Duncan news following his exit from the NBA, the 6’11 forward has been practically invisible from the public, spending much time with his family. He’s keeping out of NBA rumors reach as much as possible.

But there is Tim Duncan news of a possible return to the Spurs front office. On how this may unravel, Gregg Popovich said he’s told Tim to do what he wants.

“If he wants to go on a scouting trip, fine. If he wants his own station in training camp, he has it. He’s in charge. He can tell me exactly what he wants to do. But I’m not paying him a penny.”

According to a report by CBS Sports many expect Tim Duncan to be back with the Spurs in a full capacity, but would focus more on personnel.

His presence will be a standard for the new guys to emulate and raise their level of professionalism. He will be able to help out the younger guys in filling in the spot he’s vacated through careful advice and guidance.

Tim Duncan could help them transition, fill in the gaps to smoothen things up, and make his loss less felt, if that’s even remotely possible.

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