Posts Tagged ‘Tim Duncan’

Tim Duncan has been around for a while

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If it feels like Tim Duncan‘s been around the NBA forever, that’s because he very nearly has been — Duncan has been with the San Antonio Spurs since 1997 and is currently in his 17th NBA season. He has been so good for so long that we tend to take for granted his remarkable consistency. In 1999, at the age of 23, he won his first title. Now, 15 years later, he’s about to try for his fifth ring. It’s quite a span, a testament to Duncan’s amazing ability to play through any and everything. And as the people at Fox Sports 1 pointed out, Duncan’s been at it for so long that when he won his first ring, his opponent in this year’s finals, LeBron James, was still literally just a kid…

Big men on Thunder, Spurs get animated (literally)

By Jeff Case

The Spurs-Thunder series is all tied up after OKC’s 105-92 rout in Game 4. One of the key stories in the West finals (of late, anyway) has been how Thunder coach Scott Brooks has changed up his rotations to give youngsters like Steven Adams, Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb more burn. Adams’ increased role has come at the expense — at times — of Thunder stalwart big man Kendrick Perkins.

And, Adams has made quite a name for himself in the playoffs with his physical play around the basket (Perkins is traditionally no slouch in this department, either).

Internet artist Chris Edser decided to pay a bit of a homage to the physical play of that OKC big man duo with two animated GIFs:

Edser also made one for Spurs legendary big man Tim Duncan, who has a bit of a history himself of being in disbelief whenever he’s called for a foul:

You can find more of Edser’s NBA work on his Tumblr site, Ron Artist.



The San Antonio Spurs and the beautiful game

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you hadn’t noticed, the San Antonio Spurs are doing it again — quietly, efficiently, ruthlessly winning their way toward another trip to the NBA Finals. They play their system, they keep pounding that rock, and they never, ever deviate from what got them here. While this has proven to be an effective strategy in terms of winning games, it’s not always all that exciting to watch for casual fans. This video does a terrific job highlighting exactly what makes the Spurs so good and so worth your time. You don’t have to be a fan, but if you love hoops, you should respect the game…

VIDEO: Spurs beautiful game

Tim Duncan expands knee brace collection

By Lang Whitaker,

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I guess the thinking goes, if you have to wear a knee brace, at least make sure it’s something cool. This appears to be what Tim Duncan has believed, possibly for a while now. Last year during the Finals, people noticed that Duncan had several choices in knee wear, including a Punisher-themed brace.

(We should note that because Duncan usually wears a sleeve over the brace, we can’t tell which brace he’s wearing in games.)

Yesterday before the Spurs beat Dallas in Game 7 of their series, my main man George Kiel III tweeted a photo of Duncan’s current brace selection. Perhaps in honor of The Amazing Spider Man 2, Duncan appears to have added a Spidey Deadpool brace to his arsenal…

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,

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.

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


(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


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?