Jul 14

In The Hands of Tim Duncan

Don’t get mad at me, Heaters, Warriors or Cavaliers. I’m no Spurian. I’m not even an NBA fan ( well, except for that time when I was pregnant and there was this guy in the office that I had been picking on until I went on maternity leave. I had to cheer against his team.) I’m even confused as to which team does Lebron James belong. And if not because of my brother’s enthusiasm, I wouldn’t know who Tim Duncan is and cared less about his retirement announcement.

It was originally my brother’s idea to write about this 40-year-old two-time MVP, 15-time All-NBA-selection (geee, i don’t even know what that means), 15-time-All-Star and 15-time-defensive-team-selection. But when I read the research paper that my dear brother handed me, I have learned to admire Tim Duncan, not just as an NBA star but as Tim Duncan himself. Who wouldn’t? This retired professional player had been loyal to the San Antonio Spurs. Imagine, he spent his entire 19-year NBA career with just one team. So I wanted to know more about him and here’s what I’ve found out.


How It All Started

Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on April 25, 1976 and grew up in Christiansted, Virgin Islands. He was a swimmer but when the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in his hometown was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, he switched to playing basketball. His moves on the court didn’t go unnoticed and made him a pride of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School. He made his way to join the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in college.

Since he was drafted in 1997 as number one overall, Spurs had won championships five times. With him onboard, the team won 1,001 out of 1,392 games. He has played more than 9,000 minutes throughout his career, making him the only player in the history to do that. With 26,496 points, 15,091 rebounds as well as 3,020 blocks, he is known as the greatest power forward. For non-NBAyers like me, never mind the figures. Just note that only he and Abdul-Jabbar have achieved those numbers.



Although the crowd would roar for his name, Tim Duncan remained quiet and humble. Maybe, that’s his secret weapon. But what he had to say had given an “awww” to my heart.

“We all changed along the way, and we went through different periods, but no matter who was at their best or who was leading us, we found a way to still win and do it together.”

“Bonds are created not through just the good times but the times we’ve lost or the times we’ve struggled or the times that everything hasn’t gone our way.”

“It’s more about the journey than just an end.”


Tim is indeed a rarity. Too bad I have known him just now. I could have watched his games and bet on him.

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