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2013 NBA Finals: If San Antonio Spurs Beat Miami Heat, Tim Duncan Should Retire

 

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

A question many have asked over the course of the season is whether or not San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan should retire after this year. If Duncan and his Spurs win it all for a fifth time, then maybe it will be time for him to hang up the sneakers.

As stated previously, Duncan has done just about everything you can do as a pro. Here are a few career highlights for the legend:

Duncan has won four – this would make five – rings, earned All-NBA and All-Defensive honors 14 times in his career, been selected to 14 All Star teams, honored as rookie of the year in 1998, won an All Star Game MVP, two regular season MVP’s and three NBA Finals MVP’s.

After this year, he may not have the same shot to get himself another ring. Manu Ginobili is not the same player as he used to be, and next season he could continue to be on the decline. At this point, the original ‘big three’ may give way to just a ‘big two’ if Duncan continues his career.

Another reason why he may want to call it quits after this season is because of the situation with his wife Amy. He has done a great job keeping his divorce out of the spotlight up until recently, and could use some time to figure all of that out now. Things have only been heating up between the two and it could soon get ugly.

Duncan has given this game everything over the past 15 years. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the best players to every play this game, soon making his way into the Hall of Fame. A fifth ring would only further cement him into the history books as maybe the greatest player of his generation.

If he returns next season, it would have to be out of sheer love for the game. There is nothing left to be desired for Duncan other than the companionship of his teammates and coaches, and playing the game that he loves. His trophy case is full. If the Spurs win their fifth championship, it may be time for him to empty out that locker.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.