NBA Players React To Tim Duncan’s Retirement

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| July 12th, 2016 | 1,776 Views

The second dumbest thing I have probably ever said was in 1995, while I was a student at Florida State University, after watching Tim Duncan play a game at Wake Forest. I said, “Tim Duncan is too stiff to be good in the NBA.”

The dumbest thing I ever said was seconds later: “(FSU center) Corey Louis is just as good as Duncan.”

I’ve told a few NBA players around Duncan’s age that story and they all laughed and then responded with a story about their first impression of Duncan. Most of the stories went this way: I didn’t think he was going to be that special, then I played with or against him and walked away thinking how great he is on and off the court.

For the majority of the 20 years since that possibly intoxicated day in Tallahassee, I’ve been praising Duncan, his game, his girlfriend, his taste in comic books (Punisher!), his awkward and unappreciated sense of humor and sharing my awkward stories about him.

The last of my stories came during the 2015 All-Star game in New York: Most of the players were waiting to take the court to practice and I spot Duncan sitting in a chair by himself. I walk towards him to take his picture and then realize he’s holding two tennis-size blue balls in his hands and the only thing I could think of was posting this pic with the caption, “Tim Duncan has blue balls.” I didn’t, but if I did, I’m sure some people would have told me that’s the dumbest thing I have ever said. Then I could have responded with the two dumbest things I have ever said about one of the greatest NBA players of all-time and the GOAT power forward.

Here’s what other players had to say about Duncan after he announced his retirement on Monday.

It was an honor to say I competed against you. #thankyoutd #legend

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I've been waiting all day for someone tell me it was a joke or a lie….I feel like one of the luckiest guys of my generation to be able to share the court with you for 5 years…you were and still are one my biggest idols since I was in middle school…I will forever cherish these moments and the countless times you've been the guy to encourage me and lift me up with confidence as if the roles were reversed…you truly are the greatest most humble teammate and person I've ever come across…I can go on for days about how much you've taught me, you are the ultimate professional and the reason why the spurs organization has been the best in sports for 20yrs…the league/game won't be the same without you, you will be truly missed…and I will miss you the most, because you were also the guy to have my back when pop cussed me out lol…and a final note, I would like to call…Dibs! On your parking space, seat on the plane, locker, everything! Lol I'm lucky to be able to call you family, much love tiny Tim #Thank you #Thebigfundamental #21 #GPFOAT #Legend

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