Tim Duncan has arguably been the most under-appreciated superstar in the NBA. Since the San Antonio Spurs drafted him in 1997, he's been the Spurs' cornerstone and leader ever since then. He's also been called the “Greatest Power Forward of All Time” by coaches, fans, and former opponents. All you need to do is watch just one of Duncan's games to know what kind of player he is because he's always been the same player every game of his career (except that he has a reliable jumper than when he came into the league).
That being said, you know the surprise many Spurs fans got when they read what Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said concerning Duncan and longtime rival Celtics' Kevin Garnett to Jim Fenton from EnterpriseNews.com before their teams played against each other for the first time this season.
“Just put a mirror and just tell them to look at it. They’re both extremely professional. They obviously do it differently. Kevin is more outward in his emotions. Tim is inward, but they both have the exact same mentality. They both are extremely tough. They’re both extremely competitive and it’s just another example of you can be the same way and be different emotionally. It’s amazing how much both of them care about winning. On the floor, they’re both unselfish at times to a fault. It’s amazing how similar they are yet how different they act.” - Doc Rivers
“They could look in the mirror and realize they’re both the same in so many respects as far as how they’ve run their lives in the NBA: how they’ve run their careers in the sense they’re both competitive as hell, they both understand the game, they both love being on the court. Neither one is really that excited about the hoopla that is all around it, but they’ve also endured, taking care of their bodies. They’re the heart and soul of their respective team and they can both feel very good about the stamp they’ve both made in the league.” - Gregg Popovich
I see the mirror comparison more to the point of an opposite, but same version of the eachother. Both sides of the mirror are talented players and have accomplishments, they have fairly opposite character types. Would compare it to the Mirror Universe in the original Star Trek Series (yep, gonna make a scifi comparison). While both Kirks were Captain of the Enterprise, one did so by leadership and example and the mirror Kirk got his command through intimidation and fear. Both had ambition, both were in charge, but they had opposite methods to get there. Am I gonna say Garnett is as accomplished as Tim, no way, not gonna happen. But then, mirror Kirk didn't have the loyalty and support of his crew the way Kirk did...
One could also use Superman and Bizarro Superman or Spiderman and Venom in this example too..although I think Mirror Universe may work best.
Garnett shouldn´t be mentioned in the same sentance as Tim Duncan! It´s an insult to the greatest power forward of all time!
When TD finally hangs his sneakers, it will also see the end o an era. His quiet demeanor sets him apart from anybody. He leads by example. Everybody appreciates what he can do, except perhaps the Spurs. He is abused and given all the load to carry. They squeeze every drop of juice they could from him. I would rather want to see the day when mngt and coaching staff give him enough rest time instead of surrounding him with guys who can't play the game. I wish his 3-year contract is over and make the Spurs feel that for their abusing him.
@rtesoro440 LMAO real twit-esoro..Hypocrite much? Here you whine about Spurs not getting TD rest THEN when pop RESTS TD in Miami, you say TD MUST play in that game and pops was wrong to rest him. You are a grade A moron.
@rtesoro440 lol I wish Manu, Tony, Kawhi, or Stephen Jackson "knew how to play the game." It's a shame we can't get rid of those losers and get some real ballers like Lebron, D-Rose, Kevin Durant, etc.
It may be nice to play fantasy basketball online or on NBA2K, however, those situations don't reflect reality. The Spurs made it to the WCF. The 7 game series of NBA playoffs basically guarantees that the better team will win. Poor teams don't just waltz in to the WCF and win 2 straight games before losing 4 straight. We have a good team. We have the parts to win the west. It is just about execution and health for us. Sure a big man will help, but do you see many great 7'0" defenders just lying around? Tyson Chandler, the exact type of player the Spurs need, is making 12.5 million per year. Do you think defensive big men just drop from the sky? No, they are expensive, and increasingly hard to come by with the changing of the game.
If you want to blame someone, blame the NBA for allowing "super teams" to be built. Blame Lebron James for trying to carve out a dynasty through Free Agency instead of his own talents. The fact of the matter is, teams like the Spurs or Thunder who build their teams from the ground up with limited funds are few and far between. Personnel mistakes are amplified in small market arenas (can you say RJ?). Unlike the Lakers, we have to do this under a budget.
@rtesoro440 your disgusting post is just messed up. Your attitude is crap.are you even human? do you even know what you are talking about? keep that stupid shit to yourself ,
I always enjoy seeing these two guys play each other. Since Garnett went East, it's a rarity, but still fun to watch. I know Garnett is intense and talks a lot of trash, perhaps doesn't have the best manners, but he has never rubbed me the wrong way like he does a lot of fans. You certainly never have to wonder whether Garnett is trying his best on any given night. I just see him as somebody who plays with a lot of fire. Part of the fun of Duncan versus Garnett is that contrast in personalities, but I agree with what Pop and Doc observed here. Two different styles, but the same results. And both still doing it after all these years.