Being over looked by the media and fans is nothing new to the San Antonio Spurs organization. It has reached the point where the reaction to hearing people call the Spurs boring is the same as hearing the news that the sun will rise in the East and set in the West.
Recently, Oklahoma's Kevin Durant followed the same old storyline and left out one of the Spurs All-Time greats.
During an appearance on ESPN 2’s SportsNation show, Durant proclaimed Michael Jordan as the “best player to ever touch the floor," which isn’t shocking but Durant went on to name his All-Time starting five.
“My point guard would be Magic, my two would be Michael Jordan, my three would be Larry Bird, four would probably be Hakeem Olajuwon and my five would be Shaq. We got a big team right there.”
Now all five players are once-in-a-generation players, but to leave off Spurs' Tim Duncan is outrageous.
While Shaq may have his rings and dominate the NBA paint when he was on the floor, he isn't at the same level of Duncan. TD personifies everything an NBA team would want on and off the court. Moreover, he stayed with one team and never had run-ins with players unlike Shaq.
All Duncan has done is to follow the same path that the other legends did. He lead his team to multiple titles, a sixteenth season run of making the playoffs and quietly turning the Spurs in to a working blueprint that other teams that starting to copy.
If asked about the omission, I am sure Duncan would respond with his trademark stone faced reaction or simply smile and admit he doesn't care.
So Spurs’ fans, how do you feel bout Duncan being left off of Durant’s All-Time starting five?
well he doesnt like duncan because he doesnt have a ring dispite of elite players that surround him.... unlike timmy.. at young age he carry his team to the multiple championships... got 4already.... how about that dude???
No big deal. This is much ado about nothing. Great starting five; Shaq is one I would have left off.
One other thing all those players have in common is that they are all retired. Honestly its not surprising he didn't consider any active players. ...but Shaq? No way!
I don't mind Durant's list. A lot of people have different all-time lineups, so it's no big deal. Here's my lineup:
PG: Magic Johnson
SG: Michael Jordan
SF: Larry Bird
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Bill Russell
Right up there list... Bill Russell ? Chamberlain ? All these guys are modern players. But it is a super list. As individuals real good argument. As actual team players and complimenting teammates maybe not as much. TD is easily in the mix. No worries.
A team composed of the leftovers ie: Duncan, Nowitzki, Bryant, James,
and Stockton could easily beat this team. But so could a team composed
of the Monstars from Space Jam and Patty Mills in front of a crowd of
hobbits from Middle Earth. An extreme counter example perhaps, but
relevant in that no matter how you slice it, lists like these are all
just a bunch of hooey. Just like the aforementioned hobbits are unlikely
to see any legendary NBA action soon, none of these teams will ever
While it may be fun discussion for some, bickering over them at any length is sheer stupidity and journalistic drivel at its finest-- especially in articles, such as this one, seeking to pile onto some influential player's offhanded and half-serious remarks all for the sake of community engagement and web hits (by the way, you're welcome) in an otherwise uneventful few days leading into the commencement of training camp. Really, who cares? Get over it.
LOL, an all time team would be a team that with players that were virtually ELITE on both ends of the floor. Shaq was not known for his defense. He was just a really really big and wide body that most players were afraid to take on. Any player with exceptional post skills (Olajuwon, Duncan) had success against him. I love Bird, but Lebron is the better OVERALL player, I even know that.
PG - Magic Johnson
SG - Michael Jordan
SF - Lebron James
PF - Tim Duncan
C - Hakeem Olajuwon
There are very legitimate arguments for Hakeem or Shaq over Duncan - depending on the other player, but honestly, you'd be far better off with Duncan and Kareem. Or Duncan and Hakeem, or Duncan and Shaq, or Kareem and Hakeem. Hakeem/Shaq would be an ugly mess.
@projectspurs doesn't know any better
@denver3334 See, I don't have a problem with his list. It's certainly defensible.
@projectspurs never said it was indefensible but i think harem at the 5 and Tim at 4 made more sense & everyone is at their natural position
@projectspurs Duncan would compliment Shaq or Hakeem better than Shaq or Hakeem could compliment each other
@projectspurs okay then, since "irrelevant" is too harsh, NO leaving Duncan off the list is not fair.
@denver3334 It makes sense, but when you're constructing hypothetical lineups with Hall of Famers, sense really isn't that important.
All of this is irrelevant. Since we are speaking in hypotheticals, Chuck Norris would kick everyone's butt. End of story.
@therealDanManz It wasn't clearly a joke. But, let's carry on.
@projectspurs it was clearly a joke. Thanks for the article Go Spurs
@therealDanManz Fact and opinion in the same sentence? Okay.
@projectspurs okay I prefer to have Duncan in my all time top 5 because it is a fact he is an all time top 5 player in my relevant opinion
@therealDanManz It's definitely fair. Hakeem and Shaq were awesome basketball players. So was Duncan. It's simply a matter of preference.
@projectspurs that's my mistake. Will stop using common sense. ..lol