Why Tim Duncan did not join Spurs in Orlando bubble
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan did not join the team in Orlando at Walt Disney World, per Don Harris of News 4 San Antonio.
Duncan, who is an assistant coach on the Spurs, is helping star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge recover from shoulder surgery. Aldridge won’t be playing in the Orlando games as a result of his surgery.
I can confirm that Spurs Asst. coach Tim Duncan is NOT with the team in Orlando. Spurs tell me Tim and a few members of the medical and performance group are directing LaMarcus Aldridge’s rehabilitation program.
— Don Harris (@DonHarris4) July 13, 2020
As most basketball observers know, Duncan is not only the best player in Spurs franchise history but he’s arguably the top power forward in NBA history. He was voted into the Hall of Fame this season along with the late Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.
In 1,392 career games with the Spurs, Duncan averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. He won five rings, two regular-season MVP awards and three Finals MVPs.
The current version of the Spurs face an uphill climb to make the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season. Without Aldridge, San Antonio All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan will basically have to turn into Superman for the team to have any chance of reaching the postseason as the eighth seed in the West.
Once the seeding games start, the Spurs will take on the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz (twice), New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets. The “bubble” games begin on July 30.