Hard to believe it has been 16 years since the San Antonio Spurs drafted Tim Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft but has it been one fantastic ride and it will continue for a couple more.
From four NBA titles, countless All-Star appearances, NBA MVP trophies and much more, there is no doubt Duncan has his passport stamped for the Basketball Hall of Fame once he calls it quits.
Looking back, though, it is hard to imagine one player would have this impact on the Spurs and the community of San Antonio.
Check out a young Duncan, and a giddy Gregg Popovich and Peter Holt, introducing No. 21 to the Alamo City back in 1997. Just look at how huge TD's welcome was!
I turned 5 in August of 1997. I watched virtually no basketball but I knew only one player, Michael Jordan. Obviously, I knew he was good because I kept hearing about him and I managed to see one or two of his games on during my childhood. I was living in Thailand at the time, so seeing an NBA game on the television almost never happened. I remember one day my dad talking with a coworker at a dinner a party of some sort, and I remember the coworker saying something along the lines of, "Yeah San Antonio got the best college player in the country in Duncan." My dad then replied, "Yeah, I don't think he'll be that good." I don't know how I remember this, but I remember them talking about a guy named Duncan and mentioning San Antonio and my dad saying negative things about Timmy. Funny how all this turned out, me moving to San Antonio and becoming a spurs fan years later!