By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on June 16, 2014
The 2014 NBA Finals ended on Sunday night with Tim Duncan and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs raising the Larry O'Brien Trophy above their heads. It is Duncan's fifth title. The man they call "The Big Fundamental" has a number of reasons to retire after his vastly successful 2013-14 season.
Duncan has done everything there is to do in the NBA. With plenty of mileage on his body and little left to accomplish in the league, it would make sense for him to ride off into the sunset as a champion.
While Duncan's ability to remain an effective player despite his age is admirable, there is little denying that his play has still evidently declined. Duncan is no longer close to the dominant post scorer that he once was, and while still very good defensively, has lost half a step in that respect as well.
The future of the Spurs' organization now lies in the hands of Kawhi Leonard and, to a lesser extent, Tony Parker. Duncan is in a great position to step aside now and let Leonard and Co. take over the team.
Retirement would allow Duncan to spend much more time with his young daughter and son, something which the day-to-day rigors of playing in the NBA makes extremely difficult.
If Duncan retired now, he would go out a champion and leave a legacy of two-way excellence in San Antonio forever. He was a key player for the Spurs in their run, but now isn't the time to get greedy; it's always better to leave on top than with a bad taste in your mouth.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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