Tim Duncan has officially notified USA Basketball that he will not be a part of the U.S. team that will compete at this year's world championships and the 2008 Olympics.
San Antonio's strong presence in Athens bodes well for next season and beyond.
Team USA assistant and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted he "hated it, personally" when Shaquille O'Neal was traded from the Lakers to Miami.
Playoff teams will have little to gain if certain aches and pains return to hinder their key players.
Sometimes the effort to avoid attention is exactly what draws it. Just ask Tim Duncan.
There is a team that Tim Duncan dreads playing. But it's not a superpower in the West.
Ray Allen, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and Tracy McGrady were the first four players chosen Thursday for the 2004 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team, with Kobe Bryant conspicuously absent -- for now.
Look back on past Daily Dime reports from ESPN.com's senior NBA writer Marc Stein.