Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 1:21 pm  |  47 responses

Got Ice?

Tim Duncan brings the chill to San Antonio.

Tim DuncanPhoto by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 47

Possibly, and silently, the best player of the decade, nine winters ago TD21 told us that his only fears were heights, sharks, and “not being able to play anymore.” Still playing at high level, he doesn’t have to worry about that last fear for at least a few more seasons. —Tzvi Twersky

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Yes, that throne is really made of ice.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    A classic moment in SLAM history.

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  • https://twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    He makes the ice look exciting.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Good day for classic SLAM cover images…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Also: great TD feature in next SLAM…written by AppleSon!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Yes, Tim Duncan is really made of ice.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    should I feel stupid that the first thing I noticed is that this was in his Nike shoe days?

  • Oli

    no, you shouldn’t, justin. the same happened to me. the good ol’ air max duncans…

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I remember we hired an ice carver at some hotel in San Antonio to make that chair.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    speaking of Tim Duncan photos, I remember those photos in SLAM where he had those witch nails. Those were game shots, but it looked nasty.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Pretty sure Tim still has that throne and sits in it every morning for a half-hour or so just to get his mind right. Also, I’m happy George Gervin didn’t kill us.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    I was thinking the same thing when I seen this … shoes!!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    So this is how Tim Ducan keeps from aging? Cyrogentics, heh?

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    or Tim Dunkan or Tim Duncan.

  • Bro. Yiz

    I’m quite sure that Tim is as cool as they come. But, there will only be ONE ICEMAN from San Antonio. George Gervin made the game easy. Deadly outside jumpshot and would take the best of them to the rack with his fingerroll. I believe throughout his career he never weighed more than a buck-o-five, yet they could never mucsle him around. His game was too smoothe.

    I don’t know if you’re trying to relive the Nike posters of the past, but The Iceman Comteth was one of my favorites. They are collector’s items now.

  • JoeMaMa

    Tim Duncan can have any nickname he wants.
    George Gervin is dirty, though.

    How about Tim “Dr. Manhattan” Duncan?

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Yeah, I’m not feeling this one, considering George Gervin and Tim Duncan are about as different players as they come. Gervin was a pinnacle of individual scoring artistry while Duncan is the all-essential, completely mechanical cog in the championship machine. Plus, no disrespect to Gervin, but, with four titles and counting, Duncan deserves his own mythical image. Even if it’s him stoically sitting at a car dealership with his American Express card.

  • Cam Jones

    Joe in regards to Duncan’s personality that Watchman reference has so many levels

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  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com/ Peach B.

    This was the first issue of SLAM that I ever picked up off of the stands.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Gerv was skinny, but 105?! Nah… I’ve met him before, dude is thin but tall as hell. He’s probably 230 now and played around 200…

  • L33tSauce

    Tim Duncan doesn’t make the ice exciting, but the ice makes him look exciting.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I used to have this photo on my wall as a poster when I was a youngin and read Slam like the Bible.
    Only, I had another poster where Duncan was sitting on a whole bunch of basketballs too?

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    One of my prized possessions. Scoop’s cover story on him for this ish remains the best sports magazine article I’ve ever read.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    That chair was made from the ice in his veins.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    Screw San Antonio. MFFL, even if they suck.

  • http://www.hibahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    he agreed to this? Tim is cooler than i expected.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    Tim been cool BETCATS.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    This is actually his personally designed toilet seat in his bathroom..

  • RedRum

    TD is the best player ever along Jordan and Magic. Say whatever you want, but he is leadership, clutch, and most importantly, he is the best defender and best offensive option in a team. Say whatever you want about Shaq, Bird, Barkley,kobe, LBJ.. only TD brings it equally well at both sides of the court. I will ask you this, given the what you know about their careers now, if you had to start a franchise, who would you pick? If I had the choise, first would be MJ, and second would be TD.

  • L33tSauce

    I’d take Magic well before Timmy…

  • Will Lee

    I think Duncan has same achievements as Karl Malone.

    btw, Tim wore a chain, thats when hiphop gangsterish was the thing.

  • Don

    I’d take timmy. when tim made that killer 3 last year against my suns, i wanted to kick him, but i realized he is tight with lady luck and i might get bad karma.

  • RedRum

    Erm.. Will lee, Duncan has the same achievements as Malone??? which one of the 4 rings that TD has did you miss??? Remember, TD has never lost a final, and had his team in 5 Conference finals that last 12 years… (if I remember well), plus the 4 blings… and before you say anything, he had to go through Shaq AND malone AND Ewing AND lebron AND Kobe AND Wallace and Co. and beat everyone to get those rings. I might have also taken Magic before him, only for sentimental reasons though… with a clear hear, TD is right after MJ

  • Tuomas

    Should I feel stupid for instantly seeing that this photo wasn’t the actual cover and was nowhere in the mag either (at least not in the one I got)? Probably.

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  • nate james

    mhmm. best in the decade.
    idk about that…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yeah Justin, Nike days, good times. I remember him in the clunky foamposites in the special silver colourway.

  • DJR

    TD is a solid pick for a franchise player. Cold as ice on the court and absolutely no off court drama in a long career. He has stuck with the same team and embraces having other All-Star’s on his team. I’m sorry but I would have to pick TD in Top 5 Franchise Players of All-Time. He wasn’t lured by bigger contracts or wanting to play in bigger markets – he wanted to win and did whatever he could to achieve that. As an owner, a coach, isht even a fan – you want a quality player that is gonna to stick around and produce at a high level for at least 10 years. TD has done that.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Andy

    Can anyone honestly argue with Tim Duncan being top-10 of all time?

  • underdog

    He doesn’t look much older now.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Cookie is top 15 alltime. No doubt. Great guy

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Maybe it’s just me, the the “gansta scowl” just doesn’t work for TD. Smile, dude!

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  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I hate the expression too. And I think you meant the “SLAM scowl” just doesn’t work for TD. I actually think this pic is pretty cheesy and lame, and I’m a dedicated/lifelong Spur and Duncan fan.

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