Tim Duncan is your cool uncle without the irresponsibility that usually typifies the designation. Even nearing 40 (he’ll reach the four-decade mark in April next year), he’s the guy everyone wants on their team. If you make him laugh, you feel good about yourself for the next couple days. He’s also a five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP, and one of the greatest leaders in NBA history. He’s Coach Duncan, as well as a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
We could write ten thousand more words championing The Big Fundamental’s selfless leadership style, but instead we’ll just give you two recent examples of what we’re talking about. Conveniently, both come from Thursday’s Grizzlies – Spurs game that San Antonio won easily, 102-82, despite it taking place in Memphis.
Kawhi Leonard was a big reason why, too, scoring a game-high 27 points by going 7-of-9 from deep. At one point, he hit seven straight, ending with a dagger in Vince Carter’s mug that had Tim Duncan smiling like a rookie in wonder.
For a player whose been around as long as Duncan has to still get that much joy out of another player’s success?
That’s just so great. It’s another in a long line of testimonials about how TD’s mere presence infects his teammates with the joy and verve they need to perform to the best of their abilities. Yeah, it’s cliche, but cliche’s become that way for a reason.