Just two days into his first season of retirement, Tim Duncan was back in the Spurs practice facility. Unfortunately he wasn’t there to prepare for his 20th season rather spectating the session whilst giving out some pointers to younger members of the Spurs squad.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich joked on media day that Duncan was being fined $2,500 for each day he didn’t show up to training camp. “Most people under contract are required to show up for their jobs,” Popovich told the media on Wednesday. “He said he didn’t have a contract, but I told him I thought we had a verbal contract, and I thought that was just as good as written. We’re having a tough time right now, the two of us, trying to get him straight. He’s always been tough to manage but especially so now that he’s retired.”
Duncan’s role with the organisation going forward is unclear but GM R.C Buford said that the gym felt a lot better when he was in it, in whatever role he undertakes. Center Dewayne Dedmon said that having Duncan around the group was invaluable and said that he had taken away a lot from the advice he was given from the 5-time champion.
“”I need to talk more, communicate more on defense,” Dedmon said. “I’ll be doing that next time. He says a couple of words to you, let’s you know what you need to do. He was one of the best to ever do it. So it’s always a plus when he comes around.”