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Tim Duncan shoves Richard Jefferson, then stares him down (VIDEO)

May 15, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

In a rare show of an emotion other than being incredulous at every foul call that has ever gone against him, Tim Duncan gave Richard Jefferson a solid shove to claim the courtside traction pad at some point during Game 5, and then sat on the scorer’s table to stare him down afterward.

This probably was just a little friendly hazing between two former teammates, as Jefferson played with Duncan in San Antonio for two and a half seasons from 2009-2012. But the fact that Duncan did this to begin with is of interest, considering it’s in contrast to almost everything we see from him publicly. And Jefferson ignoring the gesture completely just makes the whole thing seem even stranger.

[via 48 Minutes of Hell]

  1. misterdreamer119 - May 15, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Now i have more respect for duncan.

  2. thesanchizekid - May 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I agree. Hat was a pimp move

  3. dgbk - May 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I respect Duncan more and that does not look friendly at all neither of them smiled.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Absolutely – that’s not “friendly hazing.”

      “Friendly hazing” ends with both guys laughing/smiling and jokingly threatening retaliation.

      That interaction in the video was pretty cold.

      • WatchThis - May 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        For both of them to do it implies a joke. Duncan was probably looking over there waiting to give him such a reaction, and Richard never looked back.

  4. tennesseetyrant - May 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    If you go back … between the 17 – 19 second mark ( cant timestamp it ) you see what Jefferson has in his hand , he plants across Manu’s arm as he initiates the pushing … Jefferson looks back like he wants to laugh , but then notices noone is smiling.

    • trmabry2749 - May 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Yes, I too noticed the interplay btwn Manu and Richard. It looks like jocks pushing each other around for the fun of it. Richard isn’t a stranger to Manu and Tim, afterall. I’ve yet to read anything about animosity between Jefferson and the Spurs. Tim is the nicest guy in the NBA. He doesn’t do crap like y’all are accusing him of. My respect for Tim has not lessened a bit.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      It was an ice bag. Stuck it on Manu’s arm – for some reason it stayed there – must have had something sticky on it. Looks like a total prank, and it looks like Jefferson was trying to keep from smiling.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I have hated Tim Duncan since he got to Wake and this only further fuels that hate.

    • badintent - May 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      And to think it was a Hurricane that destroyed his public swimming pool and his hopes as a swimmer that changed history.Who knew ??

    • polonelmeagrejr - May 16, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      You must have a long list of people you hate for TIm DUncan to be on it. Maybe you should get into politics.

      • ccshocktalk - May 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        I’m going to assume the character that doesn’t like Duncan is Joey Crawford, and/or a deranged individual that needs a therapist.

  6. funktron2x - May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Weird. Why no mention of Manu and Richard exchanging a push before Duncan gets there and pushes him again? RJ must have done or said something that pissed off the Spurs.

    • WatchThis - May 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      For both of them to do it implies a joke. Duncan was probably looking over there waiting to give him such a reaction, and Richard never looked back.

  7. lucifershuttlesworth - May 16, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    What you doin’ on our turf, punk? That was pretty decent. Funny to see Timmy flexing on R.J. but he is going to have a hard time being the baddest man on the court against the Grizzlies.

  8. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Timmy straight up punked RJ, lol!

    When the Spurs traded for RJ, I remember in the offseason my homie was at the MGM playing poker and Timmy came up to play at the table he was at. He didn’t ask him too many questions (although he did tell him some pretty interesting things) about the NBA but what he did say he said was how unbelievably pumped he was that the Spurs acquired Jefferson from the Bucks. It’s a funny story now.

  9. therealtrenches - May 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    If that was supposed to be intimidating, it didn’t work (he didn’t react). And if it was supposed to be friendly / funny, it didn’t work either ( he didn’t react).

    Duncan’s more interesting when he lets his play do the talkingz

  10. fredagsedb - May 16, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Jefferson was standing in the spot where the Spurs players were supposed to stand to sub in (or to wait until the timeout was over and TV was back). Cory Joseph was walking over there, and RJ wasn’t moving, so to help out their rookie Ginobli and Duncan got in and pushed him away. Also that would explain the reaction of not laughing

    I’ve experienced veterans doing a similar thing, like standing to inbound the ball like it was theirs after a time-out where it wasn’t, trying to make a young player doubt stuff.

  11. fredagsedb - May 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Also standing on their mat, so Joseph couldn’t wipe his feet

  12. truthplainandsimple - May 16, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    RJ was standing on the mat and I think Ginobili was telling him get off. THEN, he stuck the plastic on his arm and tried to walk away but Duncan pushed him out of the way. Very funny interaction between players who are obviously familiar. None of it was malicious.

  13. flyrocket31 - May 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    it’s so weird that they have the players wait around at the scorer’s table til the commercials are all done with. then have them walk onto the court when the TV provider is ready. they stand around for a good while waiting to walk on the court.

  14. slevy221 - May 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Jefferson put the sticky paper on Manu’s arm. I think he meant it to be a joke and Duncan did not. He might just be in playoff mode.

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