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The Greatest Compilation of Tim Duncan Stories

Tim Duncan Stories

Here is a list of quotes and stories from NBA players and coaches about Timmy. Please feel free to share some more and I can add them to the list. Shout out to u/Chewdzzle for the formatting inspiration.


"Unbreakable power forward. No [elbow] could break him. No loss of a championship could break him. Nothing could break him.

"You know how I played: I tried to intimidate guys and 'bow guys, but none of that ever fazed him. As far as giving me problems, he's right behind Hakeem Olajuwon. Not because of his moves. Because of his mind."

“I could talk trash to Patrick Ewing, get in David Robinson’s face, get a rise out of Alonzo Mourning, but when I went at Tim he’d look at me like he was bored. Whenever I run into a Tim Duncan fan who will claim Tim Duncan is the GOAT, I won’t disagree with him.”

Etan Thomas

“Here is my Tim Duncan story. So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it. So as we are running down the court he says to me “that was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it”.

So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again got more into his body and he couldn’t block it. I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing lol. I remember calling my boy Zee Chilton and telling him this story lol Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and one of the best power forwards ever. Respect.”

Steven Adams

“He’s (Tim Duncan) not really crazy athletic but he still destroys you, and he’s a nice guy. That was my biggest mistake as a rookie. I was like hitting him all the time and he was having trouble with it. And then he came over and talked to me a bit. He was like, ‘Hey man, how are you?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, what a nice guy.’ Then he just dropped 20 from there on. I told M.B. (Mark Bryant), and he was like, ‘That’s a vet move. Don’t do that. You can’t be nice.”

Magic Johnson

"With this fifth one, he dominates his generation. He and Kobe (Bryant) would be the greatest winners during this time. And domination-wise, he'll by just as dominant as any big man that's ever played, and also be a great winner as well.

"And you know, I told him the other day, I said, 'you know, you're one of my favorite players of all time, because it's always been about winning and about the team.' And you know me, I'm the same way, so that's why I love Tim Duncan," said Magic.

"He's so intelligent and I just love him, I love everything about him."

Metta World Peace

"I remember one time Kevin Garnett was mushing him, and shoving him in the face; and Tim Duncan didn't do anything, he didn't react. He just kicked Kevin Garnett's a--, and won the damn championship. You know what I'm sayin'? That's gangsta. Everybody can show emotion, dunk on somebody, scream and be real cocky; but Tim Duncan is a ... he's a pimp."

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Draymond Green

Draymond Green: "I do have a Tim Duncan story. My rookie year I kind of talked junk to everybody. In the middle of the game I started talking to Tim, and I had already got into it with somebody on their team. I don't remember who it was. But I started talking to Tim and he kind of just stared at me. I just kept talking junk to him and he kept staring at me.

"At that point I realized during the rest of my career that I might as well not talk to him. Either, one, he is not going to talk back because he has no respect for me. Or, two, he is not going to talk back because that is who he is. Or, three, both. I figured then that was the last time I would talk junk to Tim. And that was the last time."

David Robinson

“We get Tim in ‘97, and I’m like, ‘Yes!’ People had no clue how good this guy really was,” Robinson told RealGM. “Then we went to Colorado, and I brought Tim to my house in Colorado, started working out with him every day, and just watching him, that guy could score at will on me. I thought, hey, I’m a pretty decent defensive player, and he could do this on me? He could do it on anyone.”

Chris King

Inside a packed gym, Duncan matched up against Mourning. Early on in the game, Duncan caught a pass on the block, turned, squared up and banked a shot in over Mourning. The rest of the night, King said, Duncan “dominated” Mourning. King figured Mourning was going through the motions in a charity game, but Duncan’s performance still blew him away.

“You could see he was a little raw, but you could see he had the touch,” King said. “When I saw him doing that on the low block, it was like, ‘Wow.’ Jump hook. Fade. This one play, I’ll never forget. Alonzo tried to go up. Tim blocked the shot, and he ran the floor like a deer. Someone threw it to him, and he dunked all over Alonzo.

“He’s playing against Alonzo Mourning. He’s 16. He’s dominating this guy. He’s running the floor. He has these great hands. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this kid can play!’”

Greg Oden

Greg Oden: “Everyone's been telling me that as a big man, no matter how much I prepare myself, you learn your toughest lesson when you go down to San Antonio. The other day [former NBA player and Blazers assistant coach] Monty Williams pulled me aside and told me: "That guy down there" -- meaning Tim Duncan -- "has had surgery on his left knee. He can only jump about this high [holds his fingers about an inch apart]. He won't say a word to you, and he will Bust. Your. A--."

Jeff Van Gundy

(1999) “He’s obviously the best player in the NBA. Not just because of his skill level. I think it’s his maturity and knowledge of the game. You can just watch a guy play and know if he’s truly into winning or not. That guy’s truly into winning. To me, he’s not only the best player, but he’s somebody that obviously San Antonio is going to have for a long time and be able to build around because of his unselfishness.”

Sean Elliott

“You can look at his stats, but I don’t think that really tells the story what Tim Duncan means to this team, this franchise, this city. He’s more than that. This guy encompasses everything that you want in an MVP. I’ve never been more impressed watching a guy every day and playing with a guy more so than I have been with Tim Duncan. He plays with class, with dignity every game.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“The big man that I think has been the best of this generation is Tim Duncan. He gets the job done, night in and night out. He’s versatile, totally able to do the things his team needs him to do to win. Nothing is lacking in his game.”

Brent Barry

“As I basked in that satisfaction I stood next to Tim Duncan. I said something like “Well that was fun last year, we should try to do this again!” He giggled his goofy giggle. And then I asked him how much he would give me if I kissed David Stern upon getting my ring. He offered a sum, I considered it and waited for my name to be called. As I approached the Commish I felt like I couldn’t let my captain down. So after a quick ‘Congratulations Brent’ from David I hugged him and planted one right on his cheek. To this day, I swear he and grandma have the same skin.

As I moved slowly from the spotlight as it found the next player, I casually glanced over to Tim and, wiping my tongue with my finger tips as if something flakey remained from my time with Mr. Stern, I mouthed the words: “You owe me a hundred bucks!” I swear I heard him laugh all the way over to where I stood on the court.”

Karl Malone

“My all-time favorite is still Tim Duncan. He just plays. He’s old, but he’s been playing like that now for 15 years. He don’t care about what he’s worth to the game or what you think about it. He just play.”

Kobe Bryant

"More cutthroat than people give him credit for. I loved everything about him on the court."

“He’s a great guy and an incredible basketball player. I’m very honored that we kind of grew up together competing for championships.”

Don Nelson

On the Spurs potentially trading the #1 pick in 97: “If Pop trades him, I’ll go down there and take my shotgun to his house.”


“Every time I walk around the house, once a month, I tell my wife, ‘Say thank you, Tim.’ Before you start handing out applause and credit to anyone else in this organization for anything that’s been accomplished, remember it all starts with and goes through Timmy. As soon as he (retires), I’ll be 10 steps behind. Because I’m not stupid.”

Stephen Jackson

"We were playing paintball. Tim likes paintball guns. He likes to play paintball, and it's hard to believe a guy who's that tall is the best hider in paintball. We were not supposed to be playing paintball. We were in training camp, and we snuck out. Pop actually told us not to go. It was two days before camp, and we went anyway. It was all Tim's idea, if you can believe this — Tim's idea to go against Pop.

So, we go, and I'm one of those guys who's not afraid to get shot at. I've been shot at many times in real life, so paintball bullets didn't bother me at all, right? I was running, and I didn't mind getting hit. It was a game of grab the flag. I have to run up to the flag. I was new to the game, so I didn't know that you could actually have a mask that doesn't fog up. I didn't know that. I was just an action junkie. I'm running out there to go get the flag, and my mask fogs up. I have to go up the steps, so I slip on the first step, hit my mouth, blood just starts shooting everywhere, so I put my mask down, and I'm trying to run off the field and I'm just holding my mouth. I'm just getting shot, and I'm trying to tell people, 'Stop, stop,' but I'm getting shot the whole way.

So, as I get there, I take off my mask, and Tim's like, 'Oh, how am I going to tell Pop?' My lip is just huge. I'm talking about huge, and Tim's like, 'How am I going to tell Pop? How am I going to tell Pop?' So, we made up something. I was at the club or something. We made up some excuse where nobody was around but me, and I took one for the team."

Credit: so-cal_kid


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