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Tim Duncan won’t be campaigning for an All-Star spot

Dec 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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When the league made changes to the All-Star voting process for this season, it was largely referred to as the Tim Duncan rule.

There is no more designation specifically for the center position, one which the Spurs famously lobbied for Tim Duncan — who, for the most part, plays at center — to be excluded from. The team wanted him to be recognized as an All-Star (and rightfully so), but it would have been difficult for that to happen had he not been classified as a forward for balloting purposes.

So that teams no longer have to game the system this way, fans will now vote for three frontcourt players, none of which technically have to be a center.

The irony, of course, is that at this late stage of his career, Duncan no longer has any interest in making the All-Star team, and would prefer to sit out of that weekend’s festivities altogether.

From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

Duncan, Gregg Popovich told media representatives from Boston to Orlando, should not have been excluded last season and is playing even better this season.

Duncan intends to put a halt to any and all future stops on Popovich’s Tim-for-All-Star tour.

“I will not be campaigning,” he said. “I haven’t heard what Pop’s been saying, but I guess I’ve got to talk to him.

“I wouldn’t complain if I’m not on the (All-Star) roster. I want to play well and want to feel good about what I’m doing on the court, but I am not going to be unhappy if I don’t make it.”

As any head could would be expected to do, Popovich can’t be blamed for lobbying for his Hall-of-Fame big man to be recognized for his play, even if it isn’t quite technically at an All-Star level this season.

As for Duncan, he didn’t make the team last year, and enjoyed the extended mid-season break. Additionally, you really can’t blame him in his 16th NBA season for wanting to take that time off.

It’s just funny that once the league finally made a change to the process, largely based on the Spurs’ antics surrounding Duncan, that the player himself has reached a stage in his career where he no longer wants any part of it.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    wait until David Stern hears this one…………….
    oh boy……….

  2. davidly - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    They should take a page from the NFL and move All-Star weekend to the middle of July. And the slam dunk contestants’ training regiment from the end of the season until the competition should include a diet consisting exclusively of cheesecake and anabolic sausage gravy.

  3. bucrightoff - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Greatest player of our era. Sorry Kobe, but Tim is everything you could ever want in a basketball player.

    • daddyghi - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

      not a spurs fan but i agree… i hate it back in his heyday when he literally dominates the game… but man… cant deny that this guy is the greatest in our era… too bad younger generations can only see his domination just in youtube

  4. savvybynature - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Top 10 in rebounds and blocks per game, and averaging 18 points, all while having minutes limited by Coach Pop.

    Not sure who Brett thinks is at an all-star level, but Duncan can’t be far off. I don’t mind him not making it for other worthy candidates, but it’s a shame people don’t care much about defense. If Griffin, for example, makes it over Duncan it would be a travesty for anyone except 15-year-old fanboys.

  5. lemfaxx - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    You like it or not tim, you are in. -all time star

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