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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 11:05 am  |  67 responses

Tim Duncan Doesn’t Want to Play in the NBA All-Star Game


Last season, for the firs time in his Hall of Fame career, Tim Duncan discovered the joys of resting instead of taking part in the extravagance of the NBA’s annual All-Star Weekend. His numbers this season (17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per night, on 51.7% shooting from the field) seem to indicate that he will be selected for the big showcase game in mid-February, but Duncan would prefer he didn’t make the All-Star team. Per the Express-News: “The change had been announced, but a few hours before, it came to be known as the Tim Duncan rule. The Spurs and their captain famously objected in 2007 when Duncan’s name appeared on the ballot as a center, rather than a forward. The team never had designated him as anything but a forward and didn’t appreciate a panel of media experts decreeing he was really a center, even though he routinely defended centers once David Robinson retired after the 2002-03 season. The league accommodated the protest, allowing all votes cast for Duncan to count at forward, and he made it into the starting lineup at that position. But Duncan’s streak of consecutive All-Star appearances ended last season when the fans picked young guns Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin as starters, and the Western Conference coaches opted not to add him as a reserve. Then, Duncan discovered the joy of a long midseason weekend with his family. ‘I enjoyed it tremendously,’ he said. [...] Duncan, Gregg Popovich told media representatives from Boston to Orlando, should not have been excluded last season and is playing even better this season. Duncan intends to put a halt to any and all future stops on Popovich’s Tim-for-All-Star tour. ‘I will not be campaigning,’ he said. ‘I haven’t heard what Pop’s been saying, but I guess I’ve got to talk to him. I wouldn’t complain if I’m not on the (All-Star) roster. I want to play well and want to feel good about what I’m doing on the court, but I am not going to be unhappy if I don’t make it.’”

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  • roscoe

    playing in an allstar game is all about the fans & the game of basketball.

    duncan just failed.

  • RayJr

    The best should always want to play against the best. Already taking a game off against the Heat and now wanting to miss the All-Star game…I don’t remember Karl Malone or KG ever doing anything like this and to me this puts them a notch above Timmy even if he has more rings

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I thought Pop said he’s always played TD as a center…

  • Mackenzie

    Lol Duncan’s playing All-Star ball so he’s probably gonna make it in, but he’s never been or had “All-Star” feel to his game (i.e flashy dunks, athleticism, etc.) Real talk tho if he makes it there’s gonna be someone that fans wanted to see that’s gonna get snubbed

  • MasterSplinter

    In the words of Stephen A. Smith…. “So disrespectful!”….. I will take Duncan over every person you just named. He has more MVP’s and championships than both of those guys combined, plus has been in the All-defensive team almost every year of his career. He is the ultimate professional. How can you question his competitiveness… im a Lakers fan… but if he retired today, he is the best power forward of all time. He has earned the right to want to sit out a flashy no defensive game.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    Seriously ? Just because he doesnt wanna play in the ASG this year you wanna put Malone or KG above him ? that’s the stupiest statement i have ever seen.

  • Demar DeBROzan

    Haha you’re missing the big picture- he does want to play against the best.. when it matters.. in May or June. Unless you’re referring to his showmanship, marketability, or ‘representation of the NBA brand’ etc., but if you’re referring to his ability as a basketball player and a competitor, then he’s right on par with those other guys.

  • Jerome

    playing in the all-star game is all about revenue … Duncan FTW

  • Jerome

    Let’s put these “All Stars” together … Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Russel Westbrook against Tim Duncan, Anderson Varejao, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul … who wins? First team gets highlights second team wins by 15 to 20 imo. And yes, I am aware of the east-west thing.

  • ChosenOne

    I wonder what will happen if Jeremy Lin makes it??..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Well this is awkward because he is having a better year than two years ago lol

  • RayJr

    lol SO SO Disrespectful!…I get what you guys are saying and him wanting to be fresh for the post season but what I’m saying is that those other guys never took games off against the best even if it was the regular season. I don’t want the all-star game to become a joke like the NFL’s pro bowl by havin players want to sit out and look at it as a vacation. The fans want to see the best against the best. Thats what the all-star game is all about.

  • Caboose

    Lol really?

  • Caboose

    Lol how Kobe is on the “winning” team.

  • 23

    Oh yeah because Tim Duncan is the ultimate trendsetter.

  • 23

    He ain’t on par, he’s above those guys.

  • pposse

    so one weekend where you play in limited minutes in a glorified pick up game will get your rejuvenated for the post season which starts somethin like 60 days later? Duncan needs to put on his big boy pants

  • spit hot fiyah

    he can just say that he has flu like symptoms, that seems to be the go to

  • RayJr

    Also KG and Malone have more points, rebounds, and assists than Duncan but if Duncan is a better player solely basing him on having more championships, which takes a whole team to do, then you guys are right Duncan is better.

  • bike

    Missleading title. All he is saying is he will take it or leave it. No big deal if he doesn’t get selected.

  • roscoe

    imo, it is an honor to play in the allstar game & when I was a grom i really enjoyed those games, seeing the best of the best.

    as an adult, like many of you, I see it for what it is, but it is still about putting the best players in the game on the floor and its an honor duncan is failing to respect.

    again, imo.

  • Zabbah

    Duncan thinks the regular season is more important than an exhibition game. Oh, the horror.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    not that i needed to but I checked on Basketball-Reference and Duncan has better stats than Malone or KG, he’s also the most efficient player, the gap is even bigger during the Playoffs, so I really dont see your point. Malone was probably a better scorer (I could argue that Duncan could have easily average 30 a game during his prime), KG is more versatile on defense but other than that Duncan is above them. I really like the fact that both Malone and KG’s stats are dropping during the Playoffs, which is the opposite for Duncan.

  • shutup

    No where in the article did it say he wouldn’t play. He just said he wouldn’t be mad if he didn’t play. Make no mistake about it playing in the NBA is a job and if this man after an illustrious career wants to take strategic games off, then even if you can’t understand; it respect his hustle. There is a reason he has more rings then KG, Barkley and Malone combined. Your view of the NBA is a fail.

  • shutup

    If they really are the best he will play them in the playoffs.

  • shutup

    So you never looked forward to a three-day weekend or sometime off from work? Go burn your big boy pants; while your wearing them.

  • RayJr

    Even Basetball-Reference shows that KG and Malone have individually score more points, had more rebounds and dished out more assists than Duncan. I would agree that Duncan is the more efficient of the 3. He makes the game look so effortless and easy. Malone was a better scorer because he had more points and if Duncan could’ve averaged 30 he would have. You must live in San Antonio and be a Spurs fan. Every spurs fan I ever met believes Duncan is the greatest player that ever played. I live in Texas and have to hear it from my boys almost every day.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    just responding to the very last part of that comment.
    .
    he was better?

  • roscoe

    your argument’s assumption as to why duncan has more rings than KG, Barkley, and Malone is childish at best while you prop up your love for duncan.

    Take off the “I love duncan and big women of texas” t-shirt BRAH.

  • RayJr

    Those Spurs teams helped Duncan get those rings. If your saying Duncan was better because of the rings then take away Duncan’s rings and KG, Barkley and Malone are better players.

  • pposse

    im sorry, did i get a response from Duncan’s nephew? you comparing Tim Duncan and his ‘job’ to a regular day job is even more ridiculous than your name. Do yourself a favor and stop comparing yourself and what you do to an NBA player, or me for that matter, its flattering it really is. SMH i never even knew there was a Duncan stan, i didn’t think they exist, but you clearly are in the midst of writing him a love letter after this latest controversey; carry on, dont let me ruin your day @shutup.

  • shutup

    Duncan was a better overall player then the three players I mentioned, he played both sides of the ball at an all-nba level almost his entire career, Duncan has made better choices throughout his career and yes he ended up being very lucky by ending up with an organization that knows what they are doing. I know one man doesn’t make a team champions, but Duncan is the main reason, not the only reason the Spurs have had the continued success that they have. KG and Barkley can’t argue that and as for Karl Malone he was nowhere near the defensive anchor that Duncan is.

  • shutup

    Don’t really understand the question. IMO yes Duncan is/was better then Malone,Barkley or KG as well as anyone else that has played PF in the history of the NBA.

  • Bored

    why would you take away his rings? that is just plain stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You said there is a reason Duncan has had more success then those guys, but it looked like you were implying its because of how he takes care of himself rather than because he’s just flat out better. .
    I was trolling. It’s my bad.

  • shutup

    The rings don’t make Duncan a better player then them, him being a better player helped him get those rings. I could lay out a very detailed stat filled argument to prove it, as I have done in the past but I don’t have the time or patience at this juncture. I don’t know Duncan to love him, I respect his approach to the game and his skills as a basketball player, as for the big women of Texas that was one drunken night, I only said I loved her because of the tequila.

  • shutup

    You do know point totals don’t include the playoffs, which Duncan has never missed his entire career.

  • Lloyd

    You’re right, Timmy D’s job is way more strenuous than any of our day jobs, yet we still look forward to time off. These athletes’ main tool in their work is their bodies. Why wouldn’t he take all the time he could get off to rest it for when it really matters? Not even in the playoffs, but in the second half of the season as well.

    And it’s not just playing. The travel and all star events are tiring as well. The second half of the season and the playoffs are both more important than going through the trouble of playing in a “glorified pickup game”.

  • Bored

    so wise master splinter! MVP’s is 3 to 2 if youre going combined vs Timmy though. allstar games dont mean much to guys who have accolades like MVP and NBA Champions. there are just too many other awards (All NBA teams and the like) that make it seem like a celebration more than actually defining how good a player is.

  • Lloyd

    The all star game is about putting on a show. Timmy D isn’t a flashy overly entertaining player anyway. If he wants to stay home, let him stay home. He’s made the trip 13 times already…he’s paid his dues.

  • Bored

    im not from Texas nor a Spurs fan and i think he is the best player since MJ. laugh if you like but i know a bunch of intelligent people who agree with me.

  • Bored

    hahahahaaaaaaa….WTF? this is one of the strangest comments i have seen on here.

  • roscoe

    duncan is a great no doubt, I hear you.

    imo, it always difficult to say who is better and i don’t like doing it much, but when i do get in those debates the total titles a great player gets is important.

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSWt9jEfBNA
    Honorable Mentions… a charge tho

  • shutup

    It’s cool, I think a large part of his success was staying in college for four years and thus putting himself in a position to be successful long-term, instead of rushing to come out and getting drafted in a bad position, it was also fortunate that San Antonio had a bad record due to injury and ended up with the first pick, but sometimes the fates align and a persons path is blessed before the journey begins. Having Robinson as a mentor/ teacher was a great advantage for Duncan too, but playing with greats doesn’t always equate to becoming great either. I think the fact that San Antonio targets certain personality types is glossed over as being just lucky in their drafting of players.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You should just thank Gregg Popovich for having the foresight to tank in 97. Robinson could have come back in like mid February but they just said “nah, that Tim Duncan guy is gonna be great” – sometimes, most the time, fate has a…motivated influence.

  • shutup

    I just look at the fact that no other player at least to my recollection has lead a team to one championship from the PF position, let alone many. Closest thing I can think of is McHale and although I have him high on my list (3rd all-time behind Duncan and Barkley,then Malone an KG tied for 4th), lets face it Larry Bird was the face of that franchise.

  • shutup

    I agree 100%

  • shutup

    Insulting is you thinking you know what makes they men tick; you act like they owe you something for being a fan.

  • shutup

    That’s all I was trying to say, he is human and has a family, I hate when people objectify these athletes; like they owe people something.

  • pposse

    the game doesn’t exist if there weren’t any fans; i dont understand what you are trying to say. I’m not asking for money from these guys or wins, just to show up..thats the bare minimum they could do and that’s the bare minimum im asking for. Excuse me if I am asking for too much.

  • The Mighty FV

    If by failed you mean ‘still be regarded of one of the best players in the history of the game’ then yes, he is fail. You’re an idiot.

  • The Mighty FV

    Slam is becoming more and more like those horrible gossip websites…nowhere in the article does it say he won’t play in the all-star game.

    Even so, why should he? It’s just a weekend created to make money for the league with watered down events like the dunk contest.

  • King David

    GOOD!!! never voted 4 hi boring A** anywayz, ZACH RANDOLPH BABY!!!!

  • shutup

    The game is the game, yes it would exist without the fans. You are asking too much. Your sense of entitlement is absurd to me, were you there sweating through practices, do you spend weeks away from your kids, while putting your body on the line? You really have no idea the sacrifices that are involved with playing a professional sport. Lastly, and I want you to read this until you understand…HE DIDN’T SAY HE WOULDN’T PLAY, HE SAID AND I QUOTE “I wouldn’t complain if I’m not on the (All-Star) roster. I want to play well and want to feel good about what I’m doing on the court, but I am not going to be unhappy if I don’t make it.’”” Where in that did he say he wouldn’t show up if he was selected, I’ll help you out, HE DIDN’T. Now go put your big boy pants and work on your reading comprehension.

  • pposse

    its clear that duncan is over there trying to create controversy for his own amusement. He has people like you fighting tooth and nails for him. I read perfectly fine – but for your boy Duncan to completely dismiss the All Star game is a punk move. We all know that he is an all star whether he makes it or not, but for him to basically say “id rather stay at home with my kids” is a disservice to the league. Sorry to break it to you but the ‘game’ would not be the ‘game’ unless there were 100′s of millions of fans watching. Tim Duncan would be a nobody without the fans, and this article would not even be one. The only one entitled here is you calling and wishing for another person to ‘burn’ and judging one’s ‘reading comprehension’ when you haven’t even comprehended any of my responses to MY post. Yah you know, no one is going to just hand you 15-20 million dollars a year, your going to have to earn it, if he doesnt want to sacrifice his time, then he can just retire and be done with it.

  • shutup

    Your an idiot, and you can’t read, plain and simple. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay home with your kids, especially if you have a job that takes you away from the at least half the year. I’m pretty sure Duncan would be playing basketball somewhere, whether or not there were fans watching, you don’t get that good without love for the “game”. You really think your doing something by watching these games and following these players? How dare you judge another man’s worth and think for one second that you helped make him. Let alone that he owes you something. That’s the true definition of a punk, you really need to check yourself.

  • tosin07192

    shutup, you really should follow the meaning of your own name. All that is simply, your opinion, there is no proof whatsoever that Duncan is the better player and to compare him with Malone is just ridiculous, that’s a whole different era.

  • tosin07192

    wholseomely agree with that

  • tosin07192

    LMFAO HAHA indeed, yes that just shows how much bball IQ you have and how impartial your judgement on these three players are. Well, at least you were truthful and didn’t try to front.

  • Bored

    f*ck it. i cant be bothered.

  • pposse

    keep putting words in my mouth..does that make u happy? im done talking to a troll, when did i say that i made duncan, or judge his worth? you consistently get defensive and then try and call me some sort of name. You need to grow up nephew, foreal.

  • shutup

    I am not the self-entitled lil-punk.It is you that need to grow up, and stop looking at athletes like objects there for your own amusement.

  • pposse

    it is i who said who said one must put on big boy pants, and it is you who continues to spill child like tantrums. Its good you embraced your self entitlement, and is it a problem if i look at nba athletes to provide entertaiment? I know they should, they know they should, only you might not understand that.

  • shutup

    “they know they should” definitely sounds like a self-entitled little punk. The whole big-boy pants is what I had issue with, how dare you try to imply that choosing family over the needs of some anonymous fans is a more grown up decision. If anything putting the needs of your family over personal glory, would be evidence of a more grown (big boy pants) choice. It is you who misread the article and replied emotionally, it is you that has the gall to think you know whats better for another man, it is you that thinks because a man plays a sport professionally that they owe something to you and not to their family. Lastly to answer your question, yes it is wrong for you to look at any athlete to provide you with entertainment, their job is to perform on the field/court, your “entertainment” is the leagues problem, his job isn’t to entertain you, it’s to play basketball, savvy?

  • pposse

    shutup, sorry it took me so long to respond to this, but yes ofcourse its a basketball players job to win games, but most if not all know they do provide entertainment and embrace/ want to provide that to the fans. idk how old you are, but you seem young if you can’t comprehend this. Putting on his big boy pants was taking what Kobe said about Pau in a previous article and integrating into this comment (nothing more, it was a sarcastic jab). For you to not understand that is foolish; and then implying that my first comment was a shot at him choosing his family over basketball is even more foolish on your part.

  • michael

    what a fun guy he is

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