Tim Duncan on LaMarcus Aldridge: ‘I’m Going to Ride His Coattails’

The San Antonio Spurs pulled off the coup of the offseason when they snared free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tim Duncan doesn’t anticipate having any troubles getting LMA to buy into the San Antonio Spurs’ system.

In fact, Duncan says he’ll do everything possible not to step on the fellow All-Star’s toes.

The future Hall of Famer, a noted custom car enthusiast and businessman, is also helping put together Aldridge’s next whip.

Per Bleacher Report:

Amid the backdrop of Texas’ big truck culture, the shop has done well enough to open a second branch across town, heading toward Austin. BlackJack’s appeal also comes from many of Duncan’s current and former teammates who are clients. […] Currently, the shop is working on LaMarcus Aldridge’s next car, a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, which will resemble Duncan’s classic creations (same exterior, new chassis). Aldridge is the latest Spur to work with BlackJack, joining the likes of Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, David Robinson and even GM R.C. Buford.


As for Gregg Popovich? […] “We’ve done tires for Pop. That’s about all we’re allowed to do,” says Duncan, laughing.


While Duncan continues to rev up his many engines, the Spurs have done the same this offseason with arguably their best free agency ever, re-signing several of their core players, including Duncan, and bringing in Aldridge and David West. […] “Wow, it’s unbelievable,” Duncan says. “I would not have imagined it would turn out this way. We’ve got a bunch of very unselfish guys and guys that know how to play the game, and I think LA and D-West and all those guys kind of fit into that category, so it’s not going to be reinventing the wheel. We’re going to keep our system the same as we have over the years and plug in new parts and see how it works.”


In assessing how he’ll mesh with Aldridge, Duncan says, “I’m not worried about him benefiting my game; I’m going to worry about me benefiting his. I’m going to let him do his thing and just see where I can fit in and help. I’m going to ride his coattails and I’m going to push him.”

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