This weekend, I ran across an article that somehow, during the hustle and bustle of covering The Finals, I had missed. It's by SBNation's Paul Flannery, and it contained such a fantastic description of Tim Duncan, that I had to find a way to be sure that anyone else who missed it was able to catch up, just as I had. So here's a snippet from Tim Duncan is the NBA's timeless superstar, which deserves to be read in its entirety:
Duncan, then, is best understood as an amalgam of Russell, Kareem and Olajuwon. Like Russell, he will spend his entire career with one team. As with Abdul-Jabbar, his longevity eclipsed his peers and left him with no contemporary rivals. Like the Dream he did his best work on the block and was as important offensively as he was defensively. Within all that lies one of the most complete players the league has ever seen.
Isn't that just about perfect?
Anyway, it has now just over a month since the Spurs overcame the Heat to take their fifth NBA Championship, just enough time to feel like going back over the incredible writing that was done about San Antonio's franchise player, Mr. Duncan. If there are any I've missed, let me know in the comments and I'll include them.
What five means for Tim Duncan
Matt Moore's excellent piece on Duncan
Revealing Tim Duncan's mysteries
Michael Erler's exposition of the way Duncan has let slip, little by little, who he is.
Pop and Timmy: Power Couple
And finally, even though I gave this one it's own post at the time, it's so good that I can't help but include it here.
The Fundamentals of Tim Duncan
By PtR's own oldmanshirt.
The Big Three by the Numbers: Tim Duncan
By guest writer, swaythuh.
The (Un)official Tim Duncan app
A bit of fun from Caleb Saenz.