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To answer Giannis Antetokounmpo's question, here's what Tim Duncan has been up to post-NBA

Tim Duncan is enjoying retirement with numerous hobbies and friends, but not too many know what he is up to.
San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo gave a lighthearted interview for SiriusXM NBA Radio. Rather unexpectedly, he brought up Tim Duncan when talking about his retirement plans. 

"When I retire from this game, I want to disappear. I want to go somewhere where they're not going to know me. I went to Sweden two years ago and nobody knew me there. When I left, everybody was like, 'Was that Giannis?’” Antetokounmpo said. "I want to be like Tim Duncan. Where the hell is Tim Duncan? I don't know where Tim Duncan is."

Really, where is Tim Duncan?

The Big Fundamental kept a very low profile throughout his legendary career during which he became the nearly unanimous greatest power forward of all time. As a five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, and a 15-time All-Star, he walked away from the game in a way that everyone expected – without fanfare or glamour. All of this makes it that more difficult to answer the question that the Greek Freak asked in his interview.

While it seems that Timmy D is enjoying himself these days, the pre-transition period before his retirement didn't go as smoothly. Towards the end of his career, Tim went through a divorce in 2013. Two years later he also had to sue his investment adviser "for over $20 million for encouraging him to buy into investments that represented a conflict of interest and eventually failed." Justice was served and the case was settled in favor of the former NBA champion.

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Luckily, it seems Duncan was always able to relax in the world of fantasy as he is a devoted player of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game and a collector of old and valuable knives and swords. There were also numerous reports of the 6’11" power forward attending Renaissance fairs. There is also a story about Duncan wanting the “back of his jersey to read, ‘Merlin’ instead of his last name” but it “was rejected by the league.” While this is not 100% confirmed, it speaks to Timmy D's geekiness off the court.

Texas ties

Of course, Tim will forever be linked to the San Antonio Spurs where he spent a little more than a year as an assistant coach. However, the true strength of that Texas connection is best seen in his friendship with former teammates.

Duncan presented Manu Ginobili when the Argentinian was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Then, there is also David Robinson with whom the “The Stone Buddha” formed the “Twin Towers” and won two NBA titles. The two of them are still spending time together and it involves a new sport – kickboxing.

Yet again, even this combination led to another fun experience. Their coach Jason Echols shared the details of an accident that ended up with everyone laughing.

“Dave Robinson is obviously a very competitive individual and Tim was more experienced than David was. David just threw a knee and caught Tim in the groin and Tim kind of curled up into a ball while he was still in the air and then and fell on the mat. It was shocking and scary at first but afterwards we were all able to get a good laugh,” said Echols.

It sure is great to see that number 21 is keeping busy and having a great time doing it. The under-the-radar way in which it is all being done is another proof that his personality was never an act and that he was always true to himself; on and off the court.

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