"Two More Years! Two More Years!"
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Supporters In the Republican and Democratic National Conventions this week and next are chanting "four more years" for their presidential candidates, but several NBA teams would be happy just to get "two more years" out of their Hall-of-Fame candidates.
Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant are among those stars who have hinted they have two-year terms with their teams before they might retire from office.
Check the quotes.
Nowtizki tweeted Sunday, in response to someone asking how many years he planned on playing, "2 for sure and then see how I feel."
Tim Duncan, who is not on Twitter, told Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard, who sent out this tweet, that he thinks Duncan will play "at least two more years."
Kobe Bryant agreed with the notion that he has two more years left in him, saying in an interview, "That's still probably accurate. When I'm 35 it will be my 18th year in the league, that's a long time to be playing. That will be the last year of my contract … I don't know. I'm not sure. I've seen so many players and then they come back … I don't want to be one of those guys, but I'm sure they said it too."
The 34-year-old Bryant has $27.8 and $30.4 million left on his max extension over the next two seasons. The 34-year-old Nowitzki has $20.9 and $22.7 million left on his max extension over the next two seasons. And 36-year-old Duncan, who just came off a max contract, recently signed a deal for $9.6 and $10.3 million the next two seasons, with a $10.0 million player option for a third.
You couldn't blame any of them for pacing themselves for two-year runs.
And they are not the only future Hall of Famers who may be thinking retirement in the next two or three years.
Kevin Garnett, 36, Steve Nash, 38, and Jason Kidd, 39, all signed three-year contracts this summer, with KG having a non-guaranteed third-year option. Paul Pierce, 34, Ray Allen, 37, Grant Hill, 39, and Vince Carter, 35, have two years left on their deals, while Manu Ginobili, 35, and Chauncey Billups, 35, both have one year remaining.
That's a dozen NBA players 34 years old and older who have good shots at making the Hall of Fame. And don't be surprised if most of them retire after the 2013-14 season.
If just half do so in any given upcoming season, it could possibly break the NBA record of five eventual Hall of Famers retiring in the same year, after Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West left the game following the 1973-74 campaign.
Two more years?
Enjoy them while you can.