Tim Duncan spent his entire Hall of Fame career as a low-key, silent guy. He was an epitome of humility not only in the San Antonio Spurs organization but in the entire NBA as well. But despite being incredibly quiet, Timmy had great people skills, and his former Wake Forest teammate and close friend Marc Blucas could attest to that.
A gem in the Caribbean
Born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, Duncan arrived at Wake Forest as the least-touted player among the school’s recruits in 1993. He was very likely to redshirt his freshman year until Blucas realized that Duncan was an exceptional player.
According to Blucas, Duncan played like he had been remarkably good for years. Baffled by how the then-teenage islander honed his game, Blucase decided to come to St. Croix and see for himself.
“I wanted to see where he [Duncan] came from, the lessons, morals and all the things that he applied to the game,” Blucas told NBA.com last year. “After that time being around him, I immediately said to him, ‘I really want to go and see what made the man. I want to go down to St. Croix for a week or so and see how this all started.’”
Timmy the fun dude
In St. Croix, Blucas did not only find Duncan’s roots. He also discovered that behind that notably silent athlete was a fun guy who loved to help, the type of friend who didn’t mind doing anything to aid a friend, even if it meant peeing on a sea urchin sting.
“It’s stinging like hell,” Blucas said recounting the time he stepped on an urchin. “[Tim said] ‘Hey, you’ve got to piss on it.’ I’m like, ‘Ha ha, funny Island Boy. You’re not gonna fool the landlocked white kid into thinking I’ve got to pee on my own foot to make it not hurt.’ Tim’s like, ‘I’m not kidding you. It hurts like hell. I’ve done it. The acid and PH of the urine will actually cut the pain. Pee on it.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t have to pee.’ And he looks at me with this big grin on his face, and he says, ‘Well, I do.’”
“I’m like, ‘Go f**k yourself,” he continued. “’You are not pissing on me. Now, I know this is bulls***.’ Of course, it wasn’t. I did end up peeing on my foot and it felt much better.”
Blucas was exploding with laughter when he recalled that story. But on a more serious note, he was grateful to have established a beautiful friendship with Duncan, one of the best leaders in NBA history.