When you talk about Tim Duncan, you must acknowledge he is one of the best players in NBA history. But outside of his game, Duncan is also very famous for his demeanor and calm personality. Even though he was a very bad man on the court, he was one of the nicest guys outside of it. But in this story, he showed, sometimes he was nice even while playing.
Back in 2016, former Washington Wizards center Etan Thomas shared his story about playing against Tim Duncan on his Facebook page. Keep in mind, Thomas was playing against Duncan.
“So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it. So as we are running down the court he says to me ‘That was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it.’ So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again got more into his body and he couldn’t block it. I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing lol. I remember calling my boy Zee Chilton and telling him this story lol Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and the best power forward ever in NBA history. Respect”
Ethan Thomas, via FB
This story perfectly captures what kind of person Tim Duncan was, one of a kind player and personality. Even though he is one of the biggest winners and competitors in NBA history, proved by his five rings with the San Antonio Spurs, he didn’t shy away from helping, even if it was his competitors.
The fact that many people remember him for being a nice guy more than for his numerous basketball accolades speaks volumes about Tim Duncan. One of the greatest ever.