With Tim Duncan Gone, Spurs Trying to Move Ahead Without Looking Back

October 25th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

SAN ANTONIO — The car customization and performance shop Tim Duncan owns and operates stands a mere half-mile from the San Antonio Spurs' practice facility.

Via his souped-up Camaro or taking a stroll in one of his typical oversized shirts to offload the humidity, it's an easy jaunt for Duncan. He lives nearby, too.

Much was made of the newly retired Duncan's initial visit to see and even advise his old team at the start of training camp…with an open invitation for more.

Yet head coach Gregg Popovich said Duncan showed up only three or four times overall in the team's month of preparation.

Maybe it's for the best.

Less might well be more right now for a franchise that needs its players to avoid looking over their shoulders at that mountain of success Duncan built in the past.

For one, Pau Gasol said he goes into his first regular-season game for the Spurs on Tuesday night in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors without Duncan's shadow hovering over that silver-and-black uniform any longer.

"I don't have that pressure," Gasol told Bleacher Report last we ...

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