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Spurs duo Duncan and Aldridge appear on Sports Illustrated cover

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The new duo take one of the special covers for the latest Sports Illustrated issue.

"The Student" and "The Mentor".

With the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge to the Spurs, the new acquisition is expected to help in their renewed quest to get the NBA title back to San Antonio.

The partnership between Tim Duncan and Aldridge is a compelling element of this upcoming season so it's no surprise that the two would share one of the special covers for the new Sports Illustrated issue.

Duncan LaMarcus SI cover

With the "New School meets Old School" theme running through each of the special covers, one can't help but remember how history repeats itself almost twenty years after Duncan joined forces with veteran big man David Robinson.

Though Aldridge at 30 is no spring chicken, he's in San Antonio to learn the ways of being a champion -- an altogether different beast.

Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.