Tim Duncan discovers the cure for aging
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO — If the same rules applied in this brief Tim Duncan interview that were in place in 2007 when the San Antonio Spurs forward was so famously ejected from a game for the simple act of laughing, then this would be a technical foul.
“The Big Stoic,” “The Big Recluse” or — if you care for the classics — “The Big Fundamental” has agreed to field two questions about his latest Father Time-defying feats. And the first query about how he’s doing it — “What drives you at this point in your career?” — inspired a smirk that, much like the secrets to his remarkable season, will go unexplained. And the answer, as is almost always the case when it comes to him, isn’t nearly as compelling as his one-of-a-kind career.
“It’s a lot of different stuff, but honestly I just feel healthy right now.” Duncan told USA TODAY Sports during what evolved into a five-question session. “I feel like I have my legs underneath me for the first time in a while. My knee pain is way down, and I just feel good on the floor.”
There’s always a healthy dose of mystery when it comes to Duncan, whose understated ways are as legendary as his sustained success (that’s 14 consecutive 50-plus win seasons, for those counting). Never mind that there’s so much to talk about: His ageless Spurs, led by a 36-year-old with more than 1,300 games under his belt who has somehow managed to be the best big man in the game again, have retaken control of the Western Conference from the Oklahoma City Thunder for now are behind only the Miami Heat for the best record in the league.
His oldie-but-goodie season has been every bit as impressive as that of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, but Duncan — unlike his fellow future Hall of Famer — isn’t about to about to spend his days discussing his greatness. It’s his stubborn legacy, this distance he keeps between himself and a viewing public that ought to appreciate him now before he’s gone.
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