12 Interesting Tim Duncan Stories You Didn’t Know…
In today’s video we’ll go over 12 of the best stories about Tim Duncan. Make sure to Watch till the end to find out about his weirdest hobby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZO40y4SvEQ
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San Antonio boxing legend, a featherweight and welterweight champion, Jesse James Leija was assigned to be the trainer for Tim Duncan. Through his tough training routines, he not only helped Tim Duncan lose around 11 kg in the off-season but also improved the performance and physique of Duncan’s teammates. On an account, Tim asked Leija, his trainer to spar with him outside the Spurs practice facility in the dazzling heat of the sun. James Leija tells about the story:
“It was maybe 90 degrees and we were in the sun for six rounds, close to 30 minutes, non-stop. Just because Tim wanted to go out there. He didn’t have to do this. He’s already a great player. But he wanted to get better. Tim wanted to work harder. I was like, ‘This guy is amazing. This guy is crazy.’ I know why he’s one of the best NBA players ever.”
Etan Thomas, a former NBA player, during his time in the NBA was once playing a game against Tim Duncan, shared an amazing story of Tim advising him in the game.
“So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it,” he also wrote on his Facebook page.
“So as we are running down the court he says to me – ‘that was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it,” Thomas said.
“So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again and got more into his body and he couldn’t block it,” Thomas said. “I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing.”
“Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and one of the best power forwards ever. Respect,” said Thomas.
Steven Adams once got tricked by Tim, he describes that during his time as a rookie, Tim, who was almost 20 years old, played mind games with him. According to him
“He’s not really crazy athletic but he still destroys you, and he’s a nice guy. That was my biggest mistake as a rookie. I was hitting him all the time and he was having trouble with it. And then he came over and talked to me a bit. He was like, ‘Hey man, how are you?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, what a nice guy.’ Then he just dropped 20 from thereon. I told Mark Bryant, and he was like, ‘That’s a vet move. Don’t do that. You can’t be nice.’”
Here is a crazy story when Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player who played 14 seasons in National Basketball, went out with Tim Duncan to play paintball. He shared his experience on The Ryen Russillo show:
We have a crazy story when Tim Duncan ‘Kicked Kevin Garnett’s Ass’… Yeah you heard it right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgOU8IbWaB0 (0:50- 0:53 sec)
The word Pimp doesn’t really describe Tim Duncan, but that’s what Metta World Peace referred to him as after watching him play a game against Kevin Garnett. He tells the story as:
“I remember one time Kevin Garnett was mushing him, and shoving him in the face; and Tim Duncan didn’t do anything, he didn’t react. He just kicked Kevin Garnett’s ass and won the damn championship. You know what I’m sayin’? That’s gangsta. Everybody can show emotion, dunk on somebody, scream, and be real cocky; but Tim Duncan is a … he’s a pimp.”
Tim Duncan developed terribly convincing counters to push back maturity and significant mileage and what looked to be the start of the end within the 2010 playoffs, once the Spurs were swept back by Phoenix when tormenting the Steve Nash-led Suns for years.
New Golden State Warriors coach Kerr, WHO played side by side with Duncan for 4 seasons and was the Suns’ General Manager at the time, Compares Tim’s performance when he was in the playoffs and his performance these days.
“He was missing easy shots against us,” Kerr recalls. “He just wasn’t himself in that series. It was easy to say, ‘Well, this is it, he’s got one or two years left and he’s going to have to play 25 minutes a game and settle for being a solid player.’ And here he is three years later and he’s All-NBA again.”
Sean Elliott a former teammate and a good friend of Tim remember Tim Duncan’s work routine, and once shared his story about how hard-working Duncan really is:
“This guy works so hard in the summertime. You don’t even know. I go to the practice facility about five or six times during the summer to shoot baskets or work out or give someone a tour … and Timmy will be there every time.
“The assistant coaches tell me stories about how they’ll bring in free agents to woo or some of the kids they’re thinking about drafting, they’ll go in and Timmy’s in the gym working out. And they’re like, ‘Tim Duncan is here?’ They’re shocked.
“He’s an anomaly. He’s a big man and a gym rat. That’s an oxymoron. You have a lot of bigs who play because they’re big. Guards play because they love it. Timmy has a guard’s mentality. He has a guard’s passion for the game in a big body. That’s why he’s been so good.”
Kevin Martin was really fond of Tim’s stamina and endurance. He was amazed by the gaming spirit, Tim. According to Kevin Tim was always ready for a game and he never saw him mumbling about fatigue. He said:
“He does the exact same thing at the exact same time every day,” Martin said. “I remember the game we played in Golden State in early April. We got beat pretty bad and Pop was going to rest everybody the next night in Denver, but Timmy wanted to play. The whole rest of the starting five and Manu rested, but Timmy wanted to play on some random Friday night. He’s more reliable than a robot. He’s always ready to go the next day.”
We have an amazing story of how Tim inspired Chris King and made his path to the NBA. After Chris King’s newbie season with the Seattle Supersonics, his representative, Bob Kingsley, arranged a visit for NBA players to raise funds and spread mindfulness following a spate of brutality in the Virgin Islands. They accumulated a mixed Team utilizing any contacts they could, and the greatest fascination they landed was Alonzo Mourning, who at that point had turned into a star. When the NBA players arrived, they heard about a 16-year-old boy, a 6-foot-9 center with a good game who used to be a star swimmer. He grew curious about Tim.
“Here comes! This long, lanky kid,” King said. “He looked so young.”
Tim played a game against Mourning inside a packed gym. He caught a pass on the block, turned, squared up, and banked a shot in over Mourning. And the whole night, King said, Duncan “dominated” Mourning. King was blown away by the performance of Duncan in just one charity game “You could see he was a little raw, but you could see he had the touch,” King said. “When I saw him doing that on the low block, it was like, ‘Wow.’ Jump hook. Fade. This one play, I’ll never forget. Alonzo tried to go up. Tim blocked the shot, and he ran to the floor like a deer. Someone threw it to him, and he dunked all over Alonzo.
“He’s playing against Alonzo Mourning. He’s 16. He’s dominating this guy. He’s running on the floor. He has these great hands. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this kid can play!’ ”
In 2007, Greg Oden was interviewed in Dime Magazine. He shared a story when he was warned about not taking Tim Duncan lightly. He foretells:
“Everyone’s been telling me that as a big man, no matter how much I prepare myself, you learn your toughest lesson when you go down to San Antonio. The other day former NBA player and Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams pulled me aside and told me: “That guy down there” — meaning Tim Duncan — “has had surgery on his left knee. He can only jump about this high [holds his fingers about an inch apart]. He won’t say a word to you, and he will Bust Your Ass.”
David Robinson was being interviewed on the Dan Patrick show when he was asked about how and when he realized how good Tim Duncan was? He told:
“Right away, we played against him when I was with the ’96 Olympic team against the college team. He played against Me, Shaq, and Hakeem and he had an easy 22 and 10. I thought WOW, I never watched that kid but he’s pretty good. Then a few months later we were able to draft him and I knew we were in good shape when we drafted him. I invited him to my place in Colorado and said let’s go workout during the summer and he was PHENOMENAL. I thought Ok, ok, I can see you’re gonna take over. He could score on the block with both hands, he is one of the best low post players I’ve ever seen, which I guess people now have learned.”
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Once Duncan accidentally wore his shorts backward during his best game and when he came to realize it he made it his fashion and kept wearing his shorts backward in every practice session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwKLuJU3B94
And that’s just not it, our Baller is attracted to knives and even swords. Over the years he has been collecting a very fine collection of Knives and swords and not just that he even owns a real samurai katana. Quite amazing huh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biqGHtk_jAE 0:45- 0:50 sec
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