If there’s a player in history who earned the right to be arrogant, loud, and pompous, it’s Tim Duncan. Fortunately, he was the opposite, and fans and players alike were lucky to witness him play and compete against him. Antawn Jamison explained how rare it is to be as successful and as humble as Tim Duncan was.
Duncan was the ultimate professional
Tim Duncan never allowed his emotions to take over. He was always in control and stoic and let his game do the talking. Antawn Jamison praised TD for his behavior on the court. After all, a guy that had so much success could afford to be arrogant once in a while.
“With all that success, if it was probably me, I would be an ass**le, talking sh*t as much as possible. Not with him. He just came out, let his game do the talking, gave you 27 and 13. Just another day in the neighborhood.”
Antawn Jamison, The Athletic
Duncan hits a dagger? Just another day at the office. TD with a game-winning block? Business as usual. The former San Antonio Spurs star has five championship rings, two MVPs, and three finals MVPs under his belt but no social media accounts, no promotions behind him, and no marketing agency to back him up.
The last of his kind
Duncan played all his 19 seasons with the Spurs. He didn’t get involved in dramas, controversies, and off-court issues in almost two decades. Despite the success, Tim maintained a low profile and proved that you could dominate the game without being flashy.
The closest thing to Timmy’s style of play is Kawhi Leonard minus the load management issues. Both were fundamentally sound in skills, excellent defenders, and not active on social media. But The Big Fundamental may be the last of his kind to play in the NBA: loyal, stoic, leader, and a winner. If praises from rivals are not enough proof about Tim Duncan's greatness, then we don’t know what else will.
Even after retirement, Duncan stayed low-key. The only headlines he made were about being on the coaching staff of Coach Greg Popovich. That’s it. Fans are fortunate to be left with highlights on videos to reminisce his greatness. Will there be another player like Duncan? Who do you think closely resembles his game among young stars today?