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Appreciate Tim Duncan while you can

Updated: April 29, 2011, 4:01 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

I used to believe coach Gregg Popovich was just monitoring Tim Duncan's minutes to keep him fresh for the playoffs. For a while I believed Duncan did less so that Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker could shine more. Everyone could see Shaquille O'Neal falling to pieces, but Duncan's decline was always masked by his steady presence and the wins. I used to be blind, but thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies, now I see.

Tim Duncan is old…er.

I'm hedging just a bit out ...

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