San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan has been sidelined for the past few game with a sore right knee and is expected to be out against the Cavaliers tonight. There’s no timetable on his return.
And this is enough for former NBA player and current TNT NBA analyst, Charles Barkley, to declare Duncan done and has nothing left in the tank.
Speaking on the Bill Simmons podcast, Barkley stated Duncan has nothing left in the tank and agreed he would have retired if not for the signing of LaMarcus Aldridge.
I think Tim Duncan is pretty much done. You know what’s so funny? Everybody knows Kobe Bryant’s done. Who do you think is playing better this year? Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan?
Simmons disagreed with Barkley, saying TD is just biding his time unto the playoffs where Barkley whole-heartedly disagreed.
He’s not on cruise control, dude. I just don’t think he’s got a lot left in the tank.
Duncan is averaging 8.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and shooting 50 percent from the field in 37 games. He is sill making an impact on the court for San Antonio.
His numbers might be down but that can be attributed to the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and Aldridge in the fold. Of course, his number are going to take a dip. Add the fact Duncan has been playing on one leg in past seasons, and this is his 18th season in the league
Duncan is still a crucial component to what the Spurs do on both ends of the court. Many thought he was done seasons ago yet bounced back had had a solid season last year.
As for Barkley, he needs to shut it. Duncan doesn’t need to be Duncan for the Spurs anymore. That doesn’t mean he is done.
Is Duncan’s time in the NBA nearing an end? Yes but as Timmy says… until the wheels come off!