The Dallas Mavericks‘ outspoken owner, Mark Cuban, recently expressed his wish that San Antonio Spurs leader Tim Duncan would win another NBA championship and then retire, never to be heard from again. With Duncan now hoisting his fifth Larry O’Brien Trophy, Cuban has half of his wish fulfilled.
Of course, Cuban was trolling the Mavericks’ archrival Spurs more than anything with his comments. Cuban can’t possibly be giddy about the Spurs, who play in the same state as Dallas, winning yet another title. This latest Spurs triumph simply makes the Mavericks’ title in 2011 look pretty miniscule. But Cuban most likely did wish, perhaps as a consolation prize for his Mavericks, that Duncan would at least retire following this one last hurrah.
If that is what Cuban is thinking, or even hoping, he needs to hold that thought. Just take a look at Duncan’s comments the past few days. All he’s been talking about is how good he still feels and how he enjoys “every game.” Some unschooled basketball fans out there might find Duncan’s game boring, but he doesn’t find the game boring whatever.
And now that Duncan’s won another ring? There’s almost no chance he turns his back on Gregg Popovich, that amazing Spurs organization, or those passionate fans in San Antonio. What Cuban now needs to worry about is even more of a juggernaut Spurs team in the coming years, as Kawhi Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, is just going to keep getting better and better. The sky isn’t even the limit for that kid.
So no, Cuban, your wish will not be granted — Duncan will continue to wreak havoc on Dallas for at least another season.