Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/6/13

Tim Duncan is the best power forward to play the game, and he is still doing it at 37 years old. He became the oldest player in NBA history to make the All-NBA first team. He is about to appear in his fifth NBA finals, is 4-0 in his past four appearances, and has recorded three finals MVPs. There are also the countless All-star seasons, 20 point and 10 rebound seasons, and his two NBA Most Valuable Player Awards. Photo Credit: Eric Gay/AP Photo The thing that makes the Big Fundamental is the way he carries himself on and off the court. He has been the face of the Spurs organization since he was drafted first overall in 1997. He isn’t known for his tenacity, outlandish remarks, or fiery emotion. Tim Duncan has had the same stone cold gaze on his face always looking calm, cool, and collected no matter the scenario. Now Duncan faces a familiar foe in this year’s NBA Championship. In 2007, the last time Duncan and the Spurs were in the Finals, they swept Lebron James and his Cavaliers. Now facing a significantly improved four-time MVP LeBron James, it is going to be an even harder task. Although the term Miami Cavaliers has recetly been coined, it doesn’t mean that the Big Three and the rest of the supporting cast won’t show up in this finals. Regardless if the Spurs win, Duncan still goes down as one of the top players of all time. If he does win, that gives him five championships in five attempts. That would push him past Shaquille O’Neal and tie him up with Kobe Bryant. That makes him arguably the most dominant force of today’s basketball era. Only MJ and Bill Russell would have more championships with the same team than Tim Duncan. Besides those two guys he has to be the best player for one franchise in NBA history. I have grown up watching this guy torment opponents in the low post and his legacy will be as the best four to ever play the game no matter this finals result. It has been a pleasure to watch him revitalize his career at his age. I can see him playing for another two to three years and still be successful, and guide his team to more 50-win seasons and playoff wins. I have never seen somebody win like this guy has for so long, and this finals victory would be the cherry on top. Long live the Big Fundamental. -Goldman

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