Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki Don’t Want Kobe Bryant-type Farewell Tour
While scores of tributes followed the last game of the 20 year career of Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan said they will not want to have a farewell tour like the one the Los Angeles Lakers’ great was given.Advertisement
“Not my deal,” Duncan said, as reported by Basketball Insiders, when answering whether he’ll like to have a Bryant style farewell. “Not my style.”
Duncan, who is playing in his 19th season, is probably set to retire sooner than later. Although he will make it to the Hall of Fame, there is little interest that he holds in having a farewell tour. Like Bryant, he has spent his entire career playing for the San Antonio Spurs, and is a former MVP.
Nowitzki also spoke about Bryant’s farewell performance, saying it gave him “goosebumps.” Nowitzki, whose vital contribution helped Mavericks win their first ever NBA championship in 2011, as reported by SportsRageous.com, said, “It was incredible to watch. Even got some goosebumps there at the end when he completely took that game over, and they kept feeding him, and he kept making play after play, and you could tell he was exhausted, but he pushed through.” However, when asked whether he would like to leave the game in such a grand fashion, he politely said no. “I don’t think I’m going to have this whole tour where everybody knows I’m going to retire,” he said. “I’m just going to play as long as I can.” He plays against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2016 playoffs.
As a former NBA MVP, 13 time All Star, former FIBA World Cup MVP and FIBA Eurobasket MVP, he holds a player option that is worth $8.7 million for next season.