Custom Search




tel:18003484095

banner3

banner3

banner2

 


Duncan Hanging Them Up

July 14, 2016

Tim Duncan, who most feel is the best power forward to ever step on a basketball court, decided to retire on Monday after 19 seasons in the league.

Duncan is also likely the most under-appreciated star any sport has ever seen. You will probably never watch a more modest athlete.

The former Wake Forest standout produced a résumé that few have ever matched. It included five NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, two regular season MVPs, 15 All-Star Game selections, and 10 All-NBA First Team selections. And he did so while playing for one franchise and one coach.

Even with the exploits and honors, Duncan will is likely more known for the modesty, humility and consistency with which he played the game.

Tim Duncan

He was never flashy and rarely expressive on the court. While other great players of his generation were known for fadeaways and thunderous dunks, Duncan’s signature shot was a basic bank shot from mid-range, which he punished defenders with repeatedly over the past two decades. 

The game will likely never see a more unselfish player. I saw a feature story on Duncan and the Spurs. It was obvious that he was happier for teammate Tony Parker winning the NBA Finals MVP in 2007 than he was when he earned the same award in 2003 after recording 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks in the deciding game.

The San Antonio Spurs won because of Duncan. They built their team around him after drafting him No. 1 in the 1997 NBA Draft. The Spurs never missed the playoffs during Duncan’s 19-year career, and Duncan’s statistics remained amazingly consistent through his first 18 seasons. Prior to this past season, he scored between 17.1 and 22.6 points per 36 minutes and pulled down between 10.5 and 12.2 rebounds.

What also makes Duncan different is that San Antonio become known as the model organization in the league. Few could argue with the idea that Duncan, one of the greatest and most selfless players ever, is the primary reason why.

Wade’s Decision

It will be strange not seeing Tim Duncan going up and down the court this upcoming season. It will also be equally as strange not seeing Dwayne Wade in a Miami Heat uniform.

Things soured between Wade and the Heat when the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement during contract negotiations, prompting the popular 13-year star to sign a two-year deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls.

Dwayne Wade

There were reports that Wade and Miami were about $7 million dollars apart on a two-year deal. Heat president Pat Riley clearly did not want to shell out more than the $40 million he offered Wade. The Bulls happily met Wade’s demand and they now have the three-time champion.

The Las Vegas Raiders?

Las Vegas was awarded a hockey team by the NHL this summer. Will the NFL be next?

Casino mogul Steve Wynn is set on making it happen. While recently in Los Angeles, he made it clear to several media outlets that he is all in on getting the Oakland Raiders to become the Vegas Raiders.

Steve Wynn

It is widely known San Diego and L.A. are also in the running, but I would not count Wynn out. The man is a billionaire. You have to believe former Raiders owner is up in heaven hoping it comes true and would laugh when the Just Wynn Baby t-shirts come out.

Older gridiron fans will remember that was Davis’ motto when he ran the franchise: Just Win Baby.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ARCHIVES:

Durant's Decision

Charlotte Hornets And Free Agency

Professional Sports Coming To Vegas?

LeBron's Legacy

Will We Get A Classic?

Braves Could Be The Worst Team Of All Time

Panthers' College Free Agent Signing

Curry Repeats As MVP

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers II

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers

When Will The Money Run Out?

Saying Wow Was An Understatement

What A Game!

Syracuse And The Madness

Hornets Quietly Buzzing

NCAA Madness

Peyton’s Place In The Game Is Set

LeBron And The Cavs

UNC Asking What Just Happened

Clemson Tops List

Panthers Got Beat Up

Why I Like The Panthers

How This Super Bowl Team Was Built

Panthers Held On For Dear Life

NFL Playoffs Continue

NFL Wildcard Playoff Matchups

Panthers Did What?

Bowling For (fill in the blank)

Rose Still Outside Looking In

College Football Playoff Pairings

Be Careful What You Ask For

Cam Getting Some MVP Play

NFL Thoughts

Who Would Have Thunk It?

Relentless Royals

Another Week, Another Win

Panthers Gain Credibility

Pitfalls For USC

Panthers Got Defensive

Panthers Are Rolling

Panthers Win Again

Panthers Win Ugly

Can Panthers Three-Peat?

College Football Preview

Just What The NFL Needed

UNC Delaying Tactics

Some Refreshing News

Deflate-Gate Revisited

The Smoltz Story

Ty Lawson Needs A Wake Up Call

Florida State Police Blotter

World Cup Win For US Women

Hornets Select Kaminsky

Goodell/Brady Have Their Meeting

LeBron & The Cavs Fall Short

ESPN Taking Heat

NBA Finals

Edwards Back In Winners Circle

NFL To Change Football Rules

Deflate-Gate Hits Pats Hard

NFL Draft News

What’s Up With Deflate-Gate

What? Tebow Again

Get Used To Spieth

Duke Claims Title

The Familiar Four

NCAA Tournament Continues

March Madness

Tark The Shark

Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

I Don’t Get It

Yankee Hypocrisy

Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

College Football Preview

When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

A Tragic Racing Moment

NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)

Nasalgate

Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It

Shabazzzzzzzz

Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

Ravens Not Flying So High These Days

A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One

NASCAR Steps Up

NFL, 2013 Style

Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On


 

 

BannerEventAd-01.jpg   fanjoylabrenz.jpg

PO Box 1721 | Hickory, NC 28603 | 828.322.1036 | Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm | focusnews@centurylink.net

Home • Reviews: MoviesAdam Long • Editorials: FocusHave Chainsaw Will TravelSid On SportsBobbi GSara MawyerPeople PicturesPlaces/PeopleExtra Events Listing
Out Of Focus • News: Local NewsNational NewsHoroscopes • Info/Links: Staff/ContributorsList Of AdvertisersOnline AdvertisingOnline ClassifiedsContact UsFocus BLOGStoreLinks

© 1978 - 2017 Tucker Productions, Inc.