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Tim Duncan reminds you he is very good at basketball (VIDEO)

May 28, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Tim Duncan isn’t an ageless wonder, it’s just that his age doesn’t seem to show. Facing the best front line in the NBA this season — Memphis’ Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph — he was at the heart of the Spurs’ sweep of the Grizzlies.

We’ve marveled over the years as players such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant adapted their games as they aged — as their explosivness went away they improved their footwork, developed post games, figured out how to get to their spots on the floor, became better passers and basically made up for what they lost physically with their mind.

Duncan’s game was never about explosiveness and power, it was always about fundamentals and execution. He’s not as athletic now as he was in 1999 when he won his first ring, but his game doesn’t seem to have aged because it didn’t have to. Which makes it seems like he never aged.

Because of that, because of the sustained excellence, you get the feeling he will always be short-shrifted in legacy talk. He’s not flashy. Which is too bad, because his all-around game is something special to behold.

  1. mogogo1 - May 28, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    His game is practically designed to produce a long career. He’s so well-rounded and does all the little things that most guys never even attempt to master. It still amazes me that roughly 90% of the NBA has no clue that the backboard can also help on shots further out than layups, while Duncan has been using the backboard forever.

    And that video said a lot about effort: Duncan beating all the younger guys down the floor, younger defenders making minimal effort to challenge his jumpers.

  2. funktron2x - May 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Duncan is nothing short of miraculous for how he has played at age 37. He isn’t just the old crafty guy who is a step slow but wins with guile. If you watched these games you saw a guy who is actually probably in better shape than he had been since the last title. His confidence at the line and on the jumper us greater than ever, and those were probably his greatest weaknesses. If he wins another title and plays like this to do it, his legend will grow to unseen heights.

  3. money2long - May 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  4. drewvt6 - May 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Watching Duncan reminds you just how undersized the Memphis’ front line is. Is Zach Randolph any more that 6’7? He looks like a short midget next to Duncan and Splitter.

    But that brings up a second point. Look how poor Splitter’s hands are, his footwork and body positioning compared to Duncan. Guy fumbles or miss-executes more layups than a jr high player every game.

  5. funktron2x - May 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Say what? Splitter is shooting 70% in these playoffs and doing it over around and under some Damn good defensive bigs. He has been fantastic!

  6. m4a188 - May 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    His screens opened up a lot of open looks this series.

  7. loungefly74 - May 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    …also the fact that he does not mouth off or jibber jabber about everything to the media helps sustain that low profile he has…regardless, TD will go down as an All-Time Great.

  8. loungefly74 - May 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    amazing how a natural disaster paved the way for his great NBA career….

  9. beerwolfhlc - May 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    For a second there, I thought TD was being quoted as tootingvhis own horn. Shoulda known better than that as OUR GUYS DON’T TALK SH@#!! They just prove it on the court!!

  10. 32stork - May 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I strongly suspect that the words of the greatest winner of them all, Mr. Bill Russell, would be something like this: Tim Duncan, nobody better, nobody classier, nobody with a stronger positive influence over his team.”

  11. lunasceiling - May 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I think whether or not Duncan is part of the “legacy talk” depends entirely on who’s doing the talking. A bunch of casuals and bandwagoners? He’s probably left out. A table full of people who really know hoops? Every single one of them will have Duncan on their short list of all-time greats.

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