Originally written November 21, 2012 on Celtics Life:
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What if it had been Duncan with Doc in Orlando instead of T-Mac? Rob Bradford had a great look today at just how close Doc came to coaching Tim Duncan in Orlando back in the Summer of 2000. A dozen years have clouded the memory but reality is that Duncan was extremely close to spurning the Spurs and heading to Disney World just 3 years into his career. Doc, who was just one year into his coaching career, thought the Magic were going to land Duncan. I just thought we had a great shot at him. You could see he was leaning our way a little bit, but he had the loyalty to Pop, and, to me, that was tough to fight against. As for Duncan, he was extremely impressed with Doc in his visit to Orlando, so much so that he nearly signed there. I think his confidence is what stood out. He was very confident in what he thought he could put together and the type of team he wanted to have. At the end of the day the Big Fundamental chose loyalty to Popovich and San Antonio over Doc and the up and com...
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