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Duncan Not Interested in 2008 Olympics

By Daniel Strickland on January 8, 2006.

I can’t say I blame him. He’s already had an Olympic experience and it wasn’t exactly memorable.

“I am about 95 percent sure my FIBA career is over,” Duncan said, using the acronym for the sport’s international governing body. “Fiba sucks,” he mumbled. “I’ll try not to share my experiences with anyone.”

Manu has likely given him endless shit for losing to his Argentine team in 2004. (The US almost lost to Andrew Bogut’s Australian team, too.) And with George Bush still in the White House — when does this guy get arrested for breaking the law, anyway? — many of us are less proud to be Americans than we were in the not-so-distant past.

Or maybe Tim wasn’t interested in a three-year commitment, let alone playing exhibition games in China and South Korea leading up to the worlds in Japan in August.

Then again, Tim is getting older, and showing that he is, in fact, mortal. He’s been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his right foot since the preseason.

After the Spurs’ 91-86 loss to the Suns on Saturday night, Duncan confirmed his feelings on playing for the U.S. team.

I have no interest in that,” he said.

Duncan, who has been bothered by knee and foot injuries in recent seasons, said he wouldn’t be able to make the three-year commitment Colangelo is asking of players.

Duncan was selected for the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics but had to withdraw with a knee injury.

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  1. TheFunk January 9, 2006

    since the FUBU refs were determined not the let the man, the best basketball player in the world and one of the 20 best ever -already – I can’t blame him either.

    If I was harassed like he was in the world games so the officials could prevent me from playing my game, I wouldn’t return.


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