As you may already know, DeMar DeRozan did an extensive interview with Shannon Sharpe recently, and while the biggest takeaway was that, when taken at face value, his time with the Spurs appears over (although it hasn’t been ruled out), there was much more to the conversation than his impending free agency.
Perhaps the funniest part was when Sharpe asked him about what kind of coach Tim Duncan was, and his answer is both hilarious and likely what you expect: “Tim is Tim.”
DeRozan couldn’t resist laughing when talking about Tim Duncan as a coach pic.twitter.com/GeuGKsHrvc— Daniel Mohajer (@BoasMohajer) July 28, 2021
Basically, he’s the same monotone but amazing person everyone knew as a player. DeRozan, while laughing, described the time Duncan coached a game when Gregg Popovich was out — a come-from-behind-then-hold-on-for-dear-life victory against the Charlotte Hornets that included a very Duncan-esque postgame presser.
At halftime, everyone was ready for the typical lashing and cussing that comes after poor first half performances, but instead they just got something more along the lines of a “calming speech” Tim was known for as a player. “Come on, guys. Let’s just get this win. Pull it together, Bring it in. 1, 2, 3.” And they did!
Whether DeRozan’s time in San Antonio is over or not, he has been a class act the entire time and should be fondly remembered.