Above the Rim: Duncan Says Basketball ‘Not Fun Anymore,’ Wolves Get Hill
UNDATED (AP) — San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan says he decided to retire after 19 seasons because playing basketball wasn't "as fun anymore."
Two days after the Spurs announced Duncan's retirement in a news release, he sat down for an interview with longtime friend Rashidi Clenance. The interview was streamed online via ViVid Streaming.
Duncan says he has no regrets after deciding to end his career with five championships and two MVP awards. He grew emotional as he said he "enjoyed the ride," and he thanked Spurs fans and all of those who have reached out in the last two days.
He did not reveal any specific plans for his retirement. Duncan says that's the beauty of it, that for the first time in 20 years, he doesn't have a plan.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday he hopes to talk Duncan into having some role with the team, even if it's part-time.
Around the NBA:
- A person with knowledge of the situation has told The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jordan Hill on a two-year, $8 million contract. Hill averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Indiana Pacers last season. He joins Cole Aldrich, who signed his three-year, $22 million deal on Wednesday.
- A police report released Wednesday says Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was over the legal limit for alcohol when he struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a confrontation near campus last weekend. The report also says Green tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up. Senior cornerback Jermaine Edmondson claimed he was punched by Green early Sunday outside a restaurant in East Lansing, though officers patrolling the area said they saw or heard a loud, open-handed "slap." It was the second alleged incident involving Green and Edmondson, who told police that he and his girlfriend were choked Friday night by men who were with Green at a bar near campus.
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