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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
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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

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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…

San Antonio Spurs get a new (weird) theme song

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most popular recent viral videos was “Too Many Cooks,” from the folks at Adult Swim. The video was a parody of the opening credits of a sitcom, that just went on and on and on. So Caleb Saenz at the Spurs site 48 Minutes Of Hell made his own parody video featuring “Too Many Cooks” set to the faces of plenty of former Spurs. This one is called, “Too Many Pops”…


VIDEO: Too Many Pops

San Antonio Spurs visit the White House


VIDEO: Spurs White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw pictures of the Chicago Bulls taking a tour of the White House. But what we didn’t see was arguably the most important part of the White House: The President. As we noted in that Bulls post, a visit with the president at the White House is traditionally a perk of winning an NBA title. And yesterday, eight months after winning the 2014 NBA title championship, while in town to face the Washington Wizards, the Spurs spent the afternoon at the White House.

After praising the Spurs for overcoming their age and making themselves one of the league’s most exciting teams, President Obama told the Spurs, “If you guys need any tips on winning back to back, you know where to find me.”


VIDEO: Spurs White House 2

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Good visit at the white house today, i look like i know what i am talking about

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What more could I ask for… Great day meeting the president of the United States 🇺🇸

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Are the San Antonio Spurs actually a special forces squad?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs are often criticized for having no personality, for being boring, for playing a style of basketball that doesn’t command big ratings.

But what if it was all just a cover? What if in actuality the Spurs were a precision special forces team that only played boring basketball to throw people off their trail? That is the question asked, and answered, in the hilarious video below…


VIDEO: Spurs Forces