There are a lot of amazing stories about Tim Duncan—who just announced today that, after 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, he’s walking away from the NBA—but this one from an opposing player, Etan Thomas, is one of my favorites.
Here’s what Thomas shared on his Facebook page, describing what it was like to go up against Duncan.
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What stands out to me is how open Duncan was to give tips to an opposing player, even if that meant himself giving up points on the defensive end. Another thing to notice is that Thomas’ post went up last year, not in the heat of all the Duncan love that’s going on today in the midst of his retirement.
Duncan will forever be remembered for being one of the classiest professional athletes ever, so it’s no wonder why the five-time NBA champ and two-time league MVP is the greatest power forward to ever play the game.
While others talk shit and try and get into their opponents’ heads, Tim Duncan was killin’ ’em with kindness and trying to help them improve their game—and that’s what makes him a legend.