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Tim Duncan on retirement: taking it 'game by game'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

When he's ready, Tim Duncan will walk away from the game.  (USATSI)
When he's ready, Tim Duncan will walk away from the game. (USATSI)

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Yahoo Sports leads its power rankings with this little nugget from Spurs forward Tim Duncan. The future Hall-of-Fame big man said in response to whether he'll play out his contract or retire:

When asked if he'd honor his contract through next season, Tim Duncan said he's taking it "game by game."

via NBA Power Rankings: Heat looking for traction - Yahoo Sports.

This is the issue with Duncan. He doesn't want any sort of attention, even when he leaves. At the Western Conference Finals last year, Duncan ducked out to get something from his car in front of reporters waiting for Popovich outside the locker room. He nodded to a few scribes on his way out. Someone yelled "There goes Tim Duncan's retirement press conference." Duncan gave a thumbs up over his head and walked out the door.

That's pretty much what it's going to be like.

Duncan't not going to give anyone the opportunity to honor him. There will probably not be a farewell tour. He'll simply be playing in the NBA one day, and not be playing in the NBA the next. And we'll likely never hear from him again, ouside of a short speech at his Hall of Fame induction.

In some ways it's a shame, but in other respects, it serves the authenticit of Duncan's quiet, unstated brilliance.

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