I know the season’s over, the Heat have won and celebrated. The Spurs have struggled and lost. Most people have already moved on with it. But last night, I saw this photo again being flashed in front of my eyes. A picture of a man, known not to show his emotions inside the court, wearing a look of devastation in his face. His name is Tim Duncan. 4 time NBA champion, 14-time NBA All-Star, and the only player in NBA history to be selected to both All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams during each of his first 13 seasons. Surely an impressive track record. And to still be playing at his age of 37, one can only have respect for dear old Timmy. He wasn’t a basketball player right from the start. He was a swimmer. But he shifted sports after some major changes in his early life. One of the things I respect about Timmy is the fact that he refused to leave college even when the NBA was already offering him a rookie salary cap. He stayed in school and finished with an honors degree in Psychology. When a young LBJ and his Cavs lost the 2007 championship to Duncan’s Spurs, Tim sought out LBJ after the game to tell him that he would someday be great and the league would be his. There was a man, a champion, seeking out his opponent to tell him that someday, he will do great things. That’s what makes Tim greater in my eyes. But what broke my heart more than Tim’s miss on the crucial seconds left in Game 7 was finding out that while Tim was giving his all out in the court, there was a divorce battle waiting for him at home. And as the moments of Game 7 will forever haunt him, he goes back home to deal with something else, a divorce and the allegations that his wife was cheating on him. Dear old Timmy, you may have lost a ring, another chance to become an MVP, and a wife but you have never lost the respect of those who have always believed in you and those who respect the greatness that is you The Big Fundamental. Props to such a quiet and unassuming guy like you Tim Duncan.
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posted on June 25, 2013