Posts Tagged ‘Tim Duncan’

Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Win a truck tricked out by Tim Duncan

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just last week we joked about whether or not Tim Duncan may or may not actually be a robot. Of course, Tim Duncan isn’t a robot — well, probably not. And we know this because even though he keeps it very quiet, Duncan has interest in things above and beyond basketball, like car customization. In fact, Duncan owns an auto shop in San Antonio where he finds his zen by getting dirty.

Now a San Antonio auto dealer has teamed up with Duncan to give away a truck personally customized by Duncan…


VIDEO: Duncan Truck

(via TNLP)

Tim Duncan Helps District Attorney Win Election

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For very many years, I used to regularly refer to Tim Duncan as The Tim Duncan Robot. I did this as a tribute to Duncan, because no player of his era has played with the same kind of emotionless, ruthless efficiency and dedication to perfection, night after night after night. So it made me chuckle this morning when I listened to a recording Duncan made for his friend, San Antonio political candidate Nicolas LaHood, who was running for District Attorney. Who better to record a robo-call than the Tim Duncan Robot?

(By the way, you know how Duncan is so committed to winning? His buddy LaHood won his race by about 50 votes.)

(via Hardwood Paroxysm)

Tim Duncan Will Only Talk About Boris Diaw

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs forward Tim Duncan has a reputation for being something of a boring hoops robot — he is a man without emotion or feeling who cares only about playing perfect basketball. In reality, Duncan is an interesting dude with a funny, dry sense of humor. Not that he displays it very often.

Which is why I really like this interview Duncan did following the Spurs win against Dallas on Wednesday, in which Duncan randomly decided he would only answer questions about Spurs reserve Boris Diaw.


VIDEO: Duncan Only Talks Diaw

(via r/NBA)

Pranking With The Spurs Big Three

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just in case you haven’t noticed, right now the San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference, at 13-1. They have won 11 games in a row, are 7-0 at home, and their last (and only) loss this season was all the way back on November 2.

Hey, we get it: The Spurs do what they do. They execute, they move the ball, they defend, they win. It’s not rocket science. But they do this with such remarkable consistency that it can become almost stultifying. People start to think of the Spurs as basketball robots — they have no feelings, no emotions, they just want to make the proper passes and find the open guys and oh hey the Spurs won again.

Which is why this video clip is so valuable: During the waning moments of a recent 30-point win over Cleveland, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had his big three (Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan) resting on the bench. And here, caught on video, we see Manu pull the old “Make Tim Duncan sit on the paper cup” trick.
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VIDEO: Big Three Pranking

We know the Spurs are great, but now they’re actually having fun, too? Watch out. Next thing you know Tim Duncan will be throwing his warm-up jacket at analyst Sean Elliott

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(GIF via r/NBA)

Which Nickname Would You Want On An NBA Jersey?

'Pistol' Pete Maravich of the New Orleans Jazz

‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich wore this jersey during a 1971 game as a member of the New Orleans Jazz.

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — News broke last night that the NBA was considering allowing some players to wear nicknames on their jerseys. Now, before the Fun Police show up and try to ruin this for everyone, let’s make clear that according to the story, this is just a one-time thing — one game, two teams (Miami and Brooklyn), for only one night. But it’s clearly indicative of an idea that the NBA is at the very least open to considering, even if only on a limited basis.

Nicknames on jerseys has happened in other sports — soccer players around the world do it now, and closer to home, former Braves owner Ted Turner once tried to give pitcher Andy Messersmith the nickname “Channel” so that his jersey would read “Channel 17,” a free ad for Turner’s nascent broadcasting business.

This has also taken place in the NBA and ABA, back in the day, as seen in the photo of “Pistol” Pete Maravich up top on this post. But as the NBA has grown in popularity and become more corporate, the wiggle room for fun stuff like nicknames on jerseys has been squeezed out.

As a person who is an avowed opponent of the Fun Police, I am one-thousand-million percent in favor of this idea, if only because I’m sure fans of different players would love to rock jerseys with nicknames on the back. Above and beyond the jerseys we night see in a Miami/Brooklyn game — KING JAMES, for instance — off the top of my head, here are some nicknames that would be neat to see on the back of official NBA jerseys…

BIRDMAN BIRDMAN — Chris Andersen

BIG SHOT — Chauncey Billups

BONES — Brent Barry throwback edition

MAMBA — Kobe Bryant, or…

VINO — Kobe Bryant

BIG BABY — Glen Davis

FUNDAMENTAL — Tim Duncan

MANIMAL — Kenneth Faried

BOOBIE — Daniel Gibson

AK-47 — Andrei Kirilenko

LINSANITY — Jeremy Lin

KRYPTO-NATE — Nate Robinson

Now you tell us, which nickname jerseys would you like to see?

Spurs Fans Get Spurs Players Shaved Into Their Hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –There may be no greater way to show your devotion to your team than by having some sort of body art created of that team. And in San Antonio, where the Spurs rule everything around them, fans unsurprisingly embrace this fully.

As we saw last night, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, there was a Spurs fan at Game 3 with an image of Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili shaved into his head …

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And as ESPN’s Darren Rovell also tweeted last night, there was another fan there with an image of Tim Duncan shaved into his dome … (more…)

Spurs Through The Years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There has been a GIF floating around the internet the last few days that pretty much explains everything you need to know about the San Antonio Spurs. The image, which according to the San Antonio Express-News was converted to a GIF from ABC’s Finals broadcast opening animation, shows the Spurs’ big four (Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich) in their first seasons and then again today.

Other than some missing hair and some added scars and wrinkles, there’s not a whole lot that is different. More than anything, it speaks to what we already know about the Spurs: Consistency is what they do. And they do it better than anyone.

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(via r/NBA)

Tim Duncan’s Sexy, Sexy Passes (VIDEO)

By Jeff Case

Tim Duncan has caught a lot of flak over the years for being “boring” to the average NBA fan. A nickname like “The Big Fundamental” doesn’t lend itself to tons of highlight plays and such, even though Duncan is no slouch in that area (especially this season) and, let’s not forget, has four championships, two MVPs and three Finals MVPs to his name. Not bad for boring.

One of the better passing big men of all time, Duncan is great at triggering the Spurs’ fast break with precise and (no duh) fundamentally solid outlet passes. That inspired the folks over at the fine Spurs blog, 48 Minutes of Hell, to pay tribute to his outlet passing by setting some of his best of the season to Keith Sweat’s R&B classic, “Twisted“. They’ve also got the perfect description for outlet passes to the average hoops fan:

Duncan’s outlet passing became very important in making the Spurs into a better offensive team. Unfortunately, outlet passes are like the vegetables of basketball. Supremely important but nothing special. It takes a lot to make outlet passes exciting.

Tim Duncan just happens to be one of the best in the game at making outlet passes, so we here at 48MoH thought we needed to do something to add some sexiness back to the outlet pass, so we put together this little mix tape.

Tim Duncan Finds New Way To Clean Boards

by Zettler Clay IV

So what happens when 39-year-old Jason Kidd boxes out 36-year-old Tim Duncan? An unusual rebound and score:



On top of grabbing the ball from around Kidd’s back, Duncan scores on reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, runs back down court like he didn’t just grab a rebound from behind somebody’s back and score on a Defensive Player of the Year.

Gotta love the NBA.

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