David Robinson speaks out on Tim Duncan’s monumental impact on his career
San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson praised his former teammate Tim Duncan, saying that pairing up with him was “life-changing.”
In a recent interview with Ernie Johnson, Robinson spoke out about Duncan’s impact on his career.
“Tim, he’s a humble guy,” David Robinson shared about his former Spurs running mate (h/t Bleacher Report). “I always thought I was kind of quiet, and Tim made me feel like I was loud. But he came in, and he was unassuming and obviously phenomenal. When I first saw him play, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, you’re incredible. This is gonna be a lot of fun.’ I didn’t think he was gonna be better than me, but I certainly thought he was gonna be really good.
“For me, seeing Tim come in and knowing that I had real help, which would give us a real chance to win a championship, that was life-changing right there. I was very excited about it.”
After finishing off with the third-worst record in the 1996-97 season, the Spurs won the NBA Draft Lottery, giving them the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NBA draft. The team ended up drafting Tim Duncan, pairing him with Robinson to form the “Twin Towers.”
In Duncan’s rookie season, he quickly became a dominant force in the NBA, as he was named the Rookie of the Year. Duncan and Robinson were also both named All-Stars in their first season together.
Furthermore, the duo led the Spurs to a 56-26 record and to the 1998 NBA playoffs, which would become the start of the Spurs’ 22-season playoff streak.
Additionally, they would go on to win the 1999 and 2003 NBA titles together. After playing with Duncan for six seasons with the Spurs, Robinson retired in 2003. The duo combined for eight All-Star appearances and seven First- or Second-Team NBA All-Defensive Team selections.
Robinson was later on inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2009, becoming the second player in Spurs history to be enshrined. Duncan, meanwhile, was recently selected as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.