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San Antonio celebrates Tim Duncan Day staff reports

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was the face of San Antonio for nearly 20 years. Now, after his retirement from the game last Monday, the City of San Antonio made their appreciation official by declaring July 21, 2016 as “Tim Duncan Day” to honor all he brought to the city, on and off the court.

Join along in the celebration on Twitter with #TimDuncanDay and look below to see how the mayor, fire department, and NBA community helped celebrate the special day:


A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.


Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Happy Birthday Tim Duncan

NEW YORK - 1997:  Tim Duncan poses for a photo after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of perhaps the greatest power forward in NBA history, Tim Duncan.

Born in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan grew up a competitive swimmer. As a teenager, Duncan took up basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Wake Forest. After four years at Wake Forest and numerous accolades, including being named the national college player of the year as a senior, Duncan graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Over nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships, won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP awards, and been named an NBA All-Star 15 times. Duncan is the leading scorer in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, and is currently 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list with 26,496 points.

Tim turns 40 years old today. Happy birthday, TD!

VIDEO: Happy 40th Tim Duncan

LeBron pays tribute to Tim Duncan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At 39 years old and in his 19th NBA season, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been a model of consistency. He may not be flashy, doesn’t seek out headlines, but Duncan gets results — 2 MVP awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, as well as 5 NBA titles. While Duncan’s career is presumably winding down, he hasn’t shown many signs of stopping. Last night, his Spurs hosted and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, to move to 35-6 and continue to solidify their place among the Western Conference elite.

And though Duncan doesn’t seek out attention, it still finds him. Following the game last night, LeBron James took to Instagram to pay tribute to “the Greatest PF to Ever play this game.”

The new San Antonio Spurs HEB commercials are here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a tradition unlike any other: With the start of a new NBA season comes the release of several new commercials for HEB, the San Antonio-based grocery chain, starring various members of the San Antonio Spurs. This newest batch of commercials doesn’t disappoint, as new Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge joins Spurs stalwarts Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Patty Mills and mascot The Coyote.

VIDEO: HEB Spurs LaMarcus

VIDEO: HEB Spurs Chicken

Everybody knows the San Antonio Spurs’ names

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The classic TV show “Cheers” was set in Boston and featured a familiar cast of characters who frequented the same establishment so often that everybody knew their names. The Spurs may play in San Antonio, but at this point the same crew has been together for so long (along with new additions LaMarcus Aldridge and David West) that everybody knows their names, as we see in this video from Spurs fan site 48 Minutes of Hell….

VIDEO: Spurs Cheers

Season over, San Antonio Spurs play paintball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs saw their season end a few days ago with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And with their season over, how better to celebrate and unwind than by going out and playing some paintball? Here’s a group shot of most of the Spurs (minus Kawhi and Manu, among others) all dressed up and ready to play some paintball. As Spurs Nation points out, the Spurs (and Tim Duncan in particular) have a long history with paintball.

Happy Birthday Chris Paul

NBA Media Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest point guards in the NBA today, Chris Paul.

Paul’s Clippers play the Rockets tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and while we’re not sure whether or not Paul will play, after suffering a pulled hamstring in Game 7 against the Spurs, we hope the Clips take a moment to recognize today being CP3’s 30th birthday.

Born in North Carolina, Paul made national headlines in high school when he scored 61 points in honor of his slain grandfather, who was 61 years old. Paul stayed close to home and went to Wake Forest University, where he followed in the footsteps of Tim Duncan.

Paul was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, by the New Orleans Hornets, and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the beginning of the 2011 season. In 10 NBA seasons, Paul is an 8-time All-Star and 4-time First Team All-NBA selection. He may be slight of stature — he is listed as 6-0, 175 pounds — but he’s a ferocious competitor, as we saw last week when he willed the Clippers to a win over the Spurs while basically playing on one leg.

To celebrate CP3’s big day, let’s go to the video…

VIDEO: CP3 Top Ten

Tim Duncan hits a 3 to win a $100 bet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan has been in the NBA for almost two decades now, so without getting into too much detail, it’s probably safe to assume that Duncan has grossed a lot of money throughout his career. So for Duncan, a bet with $100 at stake probably isn’t a big deal. At least, the $100 part of it isn’t a big deal. Winning the bet? That might be where the motivation comes from.

Last night during the Spurs/Thunder game, with the Spurs up big and the shot clock running down midway through the third quarter, Duncan had to hoist up a long three-pointer from the corner.

And as Duncan’s girlfriend pointed out on Twitter, there was more to that shot than just beating the buzzer…