Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tim Duncan #1 All-Time and Why for Sports Philosopher Quote of the Day July 12th

In today's versions of the game of basketball, Tim Duncan is the most under-appreciated, underrated player that exists in our time. I've never had more adverse conversations trying to convince a young basketball player why Tim Duncan is the #1 center/forward in the modern era. You can look up his statistic; without overreacting, to see why, but let me tell you outside of the stats, which are indisputable, why he is the greatest.
You don't see his vibrato on social media nor his significant other. Nor do you see him complain about his plot in life or the unfairness of what the game/life ( +Ballislife ) presents. He accepts that life is unfair and like Jordan's quotes on failure teaching how to be successful, Tim Duncan improves and works on it to make him legendary and unmatched by anyone in the game. This does not diminish the accomplishments of other players that tend to be more loquacious and I wish I could have been able to hear Tim speak to his philosophies more often. Other players do utilize the failures and improve their game but the manner in which it was done by Duncan makes him a great man and in the end the accomplishments are important but being a great man ranks higher in my philosophy. I can list the names of those that fit into the great men category in sports and you still may see failure. However, they tend to get off the ground after being knocked down in a way that makes opponents know that when Tim is across the court looking at you he will not back down no matter how much he gets knocked down. ( +NBA on ESPN ) Shaq, Barkley, Iverson, had their own way and have greatness that has brought smiles to my face many times. Like them, Tim Duncan had his own way.
For the young players, he has been dunked on and he recognized that it still is only two points. He has had his shot blocked and he will go after the loose ball and/or hustle back on defense to stop the next play. If no one says it; I will, thank you Tim Duncan ( +SanAntonioSpurs ) and please don't fade away into the sunset. We could all benefit from you and your philosophy.