Found March 21, 2013 on
Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?
As Tim Duncan entered the NBA, he saw David Robinson, a perennial All-Star and a superstar in his own right, adjust his own game to ensure he would flourish. Duncan saw someone completely re-invent himself so he can be an asset to help the team win, even if it meant him sacrificing his own numbers.
So when you hear Tiago Splitter make the following comments on Duncan's game (25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks) following the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Warriors, it should not come as a surprise.
"He's just unbelievable. He's figuring out how to play great at his age," Splitter said. "It's not easy. He's not the same guy he was 10 years ago."
The dip in the Duncan’s stats over the past few seasons was more due to him trying to find how he fit in with the new team dynamic versus him losing a step.
Just like Robinson, Duncan had to figure out how to let the next leader assert his authority and put his stamp on the team, while showing that he is a valid offensive weapon for the team.
So the past few years of his NBA career, it was not Duncan's skills diminishing, but Duncan being the team player and allowing the next generation to find their own way and making their own way in the world.
This is why Duncan is one of the best ever to grace the NBA. He can defer to his teammates (Tony Parker) or be there when the team needs him to make plays as in the win over Golden State.
And his play extends beyond the Spurs locker room.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson succinctly summed up Duncan's career so far in the NBA.
"He's a Hall of Famer. An all-time great."
Even Warriors' Stephen Curry couldn't help but recognize Duncan's greatness.
"Tim (Duncan) made plays and that is what he does," said Curry.
And just like Robinson, let's hope this "team-first" approach to the game will allow Duncan to sail off into the sunset with an NBA title.
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It’s safe to say Duncan’s having a good season.
With his numbers considerably higher pretty much...
Tim Duncan had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 Wednesday night.
Tiago Splitter added 17 points, Manu Ginobili had 16 points and seven assists and fellow reserve Nando De Colo had 10 points for San Antonio (52-16), which is second to Miami (53-14) for the league's best record.
Stephen Curry had...
The San Antonio Spurs for the win at home over the Golden State Warriors last night 104-93 thanks in large part to Tim Duncan's incredible stat-line of 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.
And one of those four blocks for Duncan came at the expense of Warriors' Andrew Bogut.
In the first quarter of action, Bogut went strong to the rim only to have...
25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks all came from a 36-year old man in the NBA on Wednesday evening.
Who was that man, San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, as Duncan guided the Spurs in the fourth quarter to a 104-93 victory in the AT&T Center.
“He was unbelievable,” said Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (17 points) after the game. “He’s in great shape and...
It is a good week to be old.
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There is dominance like when Tim Duncan rejects shot and there is dominance like when the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 at home Wednesday night.
Wait a minute! 104-93? That's not dominance; it's a solid win, yeah, but dominance--no.
That wasn't what I was talking about.
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All-Star point guard Tony Parker is close to returning to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup.
The Western Conference leaders should be fine until then if Tim Duncan can continue one of his best stretches of the season.
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The matchup of the game will be between San Antonio Spurs starting center Tiago Splitter and Utah Jazz starting center Al Jefferson.
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