Tim Duncan came close to retiring or perhaps looking to another team this summer before ultimately deciding to come back to San Antonio for the final year of his deal, according to a report from Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News.
The 38-year-old five-time NBA champion said San Antonio is where he wants to be, but admitted there was "some hesitation" this summer about whether he feels like he can play again at a high level:
“There was some hesitation there. It came down to, I’m not going to be able to do this again. So as long as I’m feeling I can [play], and I feel good about it, this is where I want to be.”
If last season was any indication of where he currently stands, the three-time Finals MVP seemed to fare just fine against the competition; he averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per game en route to leading the Spurs over the Heat in the NBA Finals.
Duncan and the reigning champs return this season with their first regular season game Oct. 28 at home against their in-state rival Dallas Mavericks.
- Marc Weinreich