The more the merrier, say Spurs, for now

Updated: October 7, 2005, 9:58 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The homecoming king has returned to his Caribbean roots with a bit of big-league wisdom to dispense after three NBA championships in seven seasons.

Tim Duncan's message to his fawning fellow islanders?

"The year after the championship is usually the toughest."

That is what Duncan announced to the locals at his first media session this week, and that theory helps explain why the San Antonio Spurs are doing things so differently than ...

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