Spurs’ Tim Duncan’s immediate reaction to Hall of Fame induction
Tim Duncan has never been one for the spotlight, so it should not come as a surprise that he is taking his Hall of Fame induction with modesty and grace. The San Antonio Spurs legend was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, and afterward, he was asked about his reaction to the news on TSN:
“To call it a dream come true isn’t even doing it any justice, because I never dreamt I’d be at this point.”
Duncan spent his entire 19-year NBA career with the Spurs, leading the franchise to five championships and six finals appearances. He won back-to-back MVP awards in 2002 and 2003 and collected three Finals MVPs as well as earning 15 All-Star selections throughout his illustrious tenure.
Of course, Duncan refused to boast about his achievements, instead crediting his teammates for helping him develop:
“I walked into a situation there where I got to learn from some of the best … I got to learn from David Robinson, from Sean Elliott, the Avery Johnsons, the Vinnie Del Negros. I had great teammates and I had the opportunity to grow.”
It didn’t take Duncan long to succeed, as he won his first championship in his second season.
He also owns the unique distinction of winning titles across multiple decades, as his first ring came in 1999 and his final championship came in 2014.
Duncan lays claim to lifetime averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, three assists and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor.