Arguably the greatest power forward in NBA history, 36-year-old legend Tim Duncan has played 15 seasons for the Spurs and has said he does not want to play for another franchise. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and must decide whether to sign an extension with San Antonio.
Duncan said this season's abrupt finish will not factor into his decision-making.
“Not really,” Duncan told the Express-News. “Bottom line is the summer is going to come. The summer is going to be here, and it is what it is. I'll figure it out when I come to it. I haven't even thought about it, and I really don't care. I'll figure it out when it happens, just like everything else.”
Spurs forward Stephen Jackson made his first six 3-point attempts and was assessed a technical foul after his fifth 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the third quarter.
Jackson said he was teed up for having words with an unidentified Thunder assistant coach.
“When I was getting ready to shoot, one of their coaches said something,” Jackson said afterward to the San Antonio Express-News. “I thought it was disrespectful, so when I made it, I turned around and said something. It was wrong on my part, but it was just my emotions. I felt if I got a technical, he should have got one, too. It is what it is. I'm not going to worry about that.
“I don't feel like I deserved one of those fouls I got or the tech. There was a lot of trash-talking going on. A lot of times, guys do stuff. I know I get singled out. It is what it is.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after being eliminated: “Everybody wants to be the last team standing. I thought this team did everything it could possibly do to go as far as it could.”
Thunder point guard Eric Maynor is scheduled to visit the Thunder Youth Basketball camp at Midwest City High School from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday. The week-long camp began Monday and concludes Friday.
The remainder of the Thunder Youth Basketball camp schedule: June 11-15 at Santa Fe Family Life Center; June 18-22 at Thunder Events Center (old practice facility in Edmond); June 25-29 at Mid-American Christian University; July 9-13 at Santa Fe Family Life Center; July 16-20 at Transformation Fitness; July 23-27 at Casady School; Aug. 6-10 at Thunder Events Center; Aug. 13-17 at Transformation Fitness.