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5 Reasons Why Tim Duncan Chose to Return to San Antonio Spurs and Delay Retirement

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Tim Duncan: 5 Reasons For Returning to San Antonio Spurs and Delaying Retirement

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Mark Cuban and his Tim Duncan retirement party will have to wait at least one more year now that the star power forward has opted in to the last year of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs at .3M. Here are five reasons why Duncan decided to put off retirement and play another season in South Texas.

5. Teammates

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5. Teammates

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The Spurs are by all accounts one of the tightest-knit teams in the NBA, and their unselfish play on the court certainly underscores that. Duncan clearly still loves playing the game, and a huge reason behind that is his bond with his teammates as well as the organizational culture in San Antonio.

4. Greg Popovich Will Manage Duncan Correctly

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4. Greg Popovich Will Manage Duncan Correctly

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Greg Popovich has proven time and time again to be the most aggressive coach in the league when it comes to conserving the energy of his top players, periodically giving them entire games off and keeping their minutes at very manageable totals even when they do play. As the Spurs' core has gotten older, Popovich's dedication to resting his stars has become more and more vital, and it should help Duncan immeasurably during the 2014-15 season.

3. San Antonio's Depth Will Take the Pressure Off Duncan

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3. San Antonio's Depth Will Take the Pressure Off Duncan

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The Spurs are one of the deepest teams in the NBA, which has allowed Duncan to pick his spots and save energy rather than trying to do everything on his own. Presumably, Duncan's return makes Boris Diaw more likely to re-sign in San Antonio on a team-friendly deal and further bolster an already loaded roster.

2. Duncan Wants Another Championship Ring

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2. Duncan Wants Another Championship Ring

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Five is a nice number, but six sounds even nicer. There is no better place in the NBA to pursue a title these days than San Antonio. With Duncan's signing, the Spurs are the clear favorite to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again in 2014-15.

1. Duncan's Legacy

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1. Duncan's Legacy

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Every year of high-level play adds to Duncan's already-fantastic basketball resume, and he didn't show any noticeable signs of slowing down last season. Duncan is no longer the dominant post scorer that he used to be, but he has found other ways to contribute significantly on offense and remains one of the league's elite defensive players. Another great year and championship run would only add to Duncan's status as an NBA legend.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.