Tim Duncan knows that Kevin Love is considered one of the top power forwards in the NBA today. He has had a bumpy ride with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past couple of years, but there's no denying that he's still up there with the best of them.

Recently, the Cavs star paid tribute to the player who he believes to be the greatest power forward of all time: none other than the great Tim Duncan. Love took to his Instagram to send an endearing message about why he believes there is simply no one better than the San Antonio Spurs legend.


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That's a lot of respect right there coming from Love. He has made it abundantly clear how much he admires Tim Duncan, and how the legendary big man has played such a pivotal part of his career.

Love even reflected on the first time he played against Tim Duncan and the Spurs during his rookie year. This was on November 5, 2008, and as Love recounted above, it was San Antonio that emerged victorious over his Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tony Parker's 55-point gem was indeed the highlight of that evening, but Tim Duncan himself actually also poured it on against Love and the Wolves. The 6-foot-11 Spurs power forward dropped 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go along with 16 rebounds, three assists, and a block.

So how did Love fare in his first meeting with one of the greatest? He finished with 14 points on a miserable 4-of-13 from the floor, with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, two assists, and three blocks. That's not so bad actually, so to some extent, Love was able to hold his own against Tim Duncan.

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