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  • December 18, 2017 12:22 PM GMT

    SAN ANTONIO -- Former Spurs forward Tim Duncan made an appearance at the teams training camp workout Wednesday, just two days after coach Gregg Popovich joked he would fine the future Hall of Famer $2,500 for each day he was absent.But even with Duncans surprise appearance, his role within the organization remains a work in progress.When I got done arguing with him about why hes been fined for not showing up the last few days, we got that out of the way first. Most people under contract are required to show up for their jobs, Popovich said jokingly. He said he didnt have a contract. But I told him I thought we had a verbal contract, and I thought that was just as good as written. Were having a tough time right now, the two of us, trying to get him straight. Hes always been tough to manage, especially so now that hes retired.One of the cornerstones of San Antonios five NBA championships, Duncan announced his retirement in July after 19 seasons with the team. He served as a spectator as the club scrimmaged Wednesday and could be seen conversing with former teammates as they took part in an after-practice shootaround.Popovich mentioned Monday that Duncan would remain involved with the team and joked that he would be the coach of whatever he feels like. Popovich said there is no room for Duncan on the bench during game situations and joked that hes too smart for that anyway.The coach was unsure whether Duncan would take part in some road trips, saying the organization just want to let it kind of morph into its own sort of thing.Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said the plan is to let Duncans role evolve. Duncan lives fairly close to the teams practice facilities, and his car customization business, BlackJack Speed Shop, is less than five minutes from the clubs practice site.Like Popovich, Buford said Duncans role will be whatever he decides it to be. But first the club would like Duncan to adjust to life after basketball, while finding the niche in which hes most comfortable.I think hes learning about life after playing, Buford said. And he can impact us in so many ways. I think we need to sit back and get a better understanding of how he feels like he wants to fit in and what works for his family. Then well figure it out from there. But the gym feels better when hes in it.New acquisition Dewayne Dedmon agreed.Oh, definitely, Dedmon said. He was one of the best to ever do it. So its always a plus when he comes around.Dedmon said he has already received some coaching tips from Duncan, who told the new Spurs center that I need to talk more, communicate more on defense. Ill be doing that next time. He says a couple of words to you, lets you know what you need to do.Given the fact the Spurs brought in 12 new players among the 20 on the roster, several of the new acquisitions plan to absorb as much information as possible about the clubs culture from Duncan, who played a significant role in creating it.He has as much knowledge about being in the NBA as anybody who has ever played the game, said David Lee, an 11-year veteran and two-time All-Star who joined the Spurs in August after spending the 2015-16 season with the Dallas Mavericks. He has a great feel for the game, perhaps the best of all time. Thats someone Im definitely going to listen to whenever he has something to say. Japan Jerseys From China . The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. 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Now they have two.Julio Teheran, the teams All-Star Game representative, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right lat strain.Rob Whalen was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to start his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night at Turner Field and Aaron Blair will likely be recalled to pitch in St. Louis this weekend.The Pittsburgh rotation is also in a state of flux, with left-hander Jeff Locke moving back from the bullpen to start the middle game of the three-game series opposite Whalen, a right-hander.Ryan Vogelsong, coming back after being hit in the face by a line drive, will start the final game against the Braves on Thursday night and Ivan Nova will make his Pirates debut on Saturday against Cincinnati in Pittsburgh.Nova, acquired from the New York Yankees on Monday, fills the rotation spot of Francisco Liriano, who was dealt to Toronto right before the non-waiver deadline.With the trade of Liriano following the departure of closer Mark Melancon two days earlier left Pirates fans wondering if the team had throw in the towel for this season.The players were also left confused and manager Clint Hurdle talked to them about the moves in a meeting before the series-opening 5-3 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night.We understand (making roster decision) is not our job, center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. We understand its not what we do. We play. But there are some things that Im sure for all of us, kind of blew us away. Where we are (mentally) is just like, Dang..dddddddddddd. Wow. Thats crazy. You know?The big drop-off for the Pirates this season has been their starting pitching.Locke is 8-6, but has a 5.43 ERA and was sent to the bullpen to work things out after a rough start July 20.Locke made just one relief appearance, throwing two scoreless, and hopes hes back on track.Maybe you need to get that fire lit, whatever the case may be, he said.Locke is 2-2 with a 4.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Braves, the team that drafted him. He worked seven innings in an 8-2 victory in Pittsburgh on May 19.Teheran was pulled after four innings at Colorado on July 22 because of tightness in his back near the shoulder and labored through five innings in a home loss Saturday to Philadelphia.Obviously, I didnt feel completely 100 percent, but I still went out there and competed like I always do, Teheran said. It wasnt my best -- when you see 87 miles per hour with the fastball, thats not me. Thats one of the things, why we decided to rest a little bit.It is the first trip to the disabled list for Teheran, who is 3-9 despite a 2.91 ERA. The hope is that he will be able to make a rehab start and then return to the rotation after his 15 days on the DL are complete.Whalen, 22, was acquired from the New York Mets last year and has pitched just 21 times about Class A. He was 0-1 in three starts for Triple-A Gwinnett but had a 1.93 ERA.Whalen started the season with Double-A Mississippi and was 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 18 starts. 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