Tim Duncan is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. Five championships, 15 All-NBA honors, two MVP awards, and three Finals MVPs speak for themselves.

One thing that cannot be mentioned enough is how Duncan dominated the era he played in like his superstar counterparts, but what he didn't do was display a massive ego towards those around him.

He's known as one of the most humble guys the game has ever seen. He refused to do a retirement farewell tour around the league because he doesn't believe in it, saying it's “not my style.” Duncan simply made his decision to hang up the jersey without much fanfare.

Make no mistake, there will never be another player like Duncan.

After announcing his retirement on Monday, one little known secret spilled onto the internet about Duncan, about when he was still at Wake Forest.

As much as we know about Duncan from the last 19 years, little did we know he was also an author, and it fit him so well.

Duncan co-authored a paper for a psychology journal titled “Interpersonal Reactions to Excessive Egotism.”

There is no way to tell if his research had any affect on what made him the kind of person that he is, but it's difficult to mention the Tim Duncan-era Spurs without mentioning words like, team, selfless, sharing, and humble.

It's probably not a mistake at all, but it's such a remarkable gem, and this writing has such an epic topic, you can't help but wonder how it took this long to surface.

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