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Kickboxing coach after watching 'bizarre' Tim Duncan vs. David Robinson kickboxing match: 'I was stunned'

NBA fans witnessed what Duncan and Robinson could do and achieve together on the court. But basketball is a team sport, and kickboxing isn’t
Kickboxing coach after watching 'bizarre' Tim Duncan vs. David Robinson kickboxing match: 'I was stunned'

Tim Duncan & David Robinson

After officially retiring as a San Antonio Spurs legend, five-time champion, and a two-time MVP, Tim Duncan focused on his newfound passion: kickboxing. Technically, it isn't really new, as Timmy has been training kickboxing under San Antonio gym owner and coach Jason Echols for over a decade now.

Echols has established quite a reputation in his profession. In fact, he also trains Duncan's former teammate and another Spurs legend, David Robinson.

Timmy vs. The Admiral

NBA fans witnessed what Duncan and Robinson could do and achieve together on the court. But basketball is a team sport, and kickboxing isn't. And having both trained inside Echols' gym, Timmy and "The Admiral" have already taken on each other in a kickboxing sparring match.

According to Echols, seeing two "humongous" athletes in kickboxing gloves trying to hit each other was "bizarre" but "definitely a spectacular sight to see."

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"They've done a bit of it [kickboxing sparring] already," Echols said of Duncan and Robinson via Bleacher Report. "David is at a level where he's not as advanced as Tim is. He started more recently than Tim, but to watch those two guys move around together is definitely a spectacular sight to see…It was bizarre. They're freaking enormous. We were in shock."

Echols also recalled that during the Duncan vs. Robinson match, he could tell Timmy was waiting for him to give instructions. However, he was so in awe that he couldn't say a thing.

"Tim would turn around and wait for us to say something coach-like, but I was stunned," he admitted. "There was nothing I could say. They are both so humongous."

Both can become kickboxers but…

Echols has been in the industry for years, and he could already identify a kickboxer when he sees one. In the case of Duncan and Robinson, Echols said that both Spurs icons absolutely have the mentality to compete, but Timmy has a slight edge over David.

"[Duncan] would be a legit competitor. For sure," he pointed out. "He has a desire to learn and compete. He has the heart for it. He most definitely would be a competitor. I would highly encourage him not to. Being a retired Spurs player, I wouldn't want him going out there and getting punched and kicked by some of those guys, but Tim would be a competitor. David would learn to become one. They are both competitive guys and not used to losing."

Duncan and Robinson put the Spurs on the map during their "Twin Towers" days. It's good to know that even though they're both retired, their competitive juices are still flowing, especially when they are inside Echols' kickboxing gym.

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