Spurs’ ‘wonderful season’ leads to summer uncertainty
The old champion sat in the corner locker at the FedEx Forum late
Friday night, vanquished and spent. He performed his perfunctory media
obligations, answering in a low tone a few questions about one of the
most disappointing playoff ousters of his Hall of Fame career.
And then, Tim Duncan stood up, walked toward the door and into the most uncertain offseason of his life.
On his way to the bus, the Spurs forward recognized a familiar face and paused with one more thought.
“Looks like we got an offensive tackle,” Duncan said, referring to the NFL draft and his beloved Chicago Bears. “We needed two.”
With the season finished more quickly than anyone could have
surmised, and the possibility of a lockout postponing the start of his
14th season, Duncan will have plenty of time to ponder both the future
By becoming the second No. 8 seed in the best-of-7 era to topple a
No. 1, the Memphis Grizzlies spoiled what was supposed to be Duncan’s
last, best run to a fifth NBA championship.
“With the seeding and the situation, I think we’re a better team than
we showed,” said Duncan, who turned 35 this month. “I thought we could
have put together a much better series.”
In a brutally effective six-game march, capped with a 99-91 victory
in Game 6, Memphis brought an unceremonious end to a season in which the
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