Tim Duncan’s unassuming nature has become the stuff of legend.
So it may not exactly come as a surprise to know that Duncan recently turned down an invitation from President Obama to fly to the Rio Olympics. Turns out Air Force One just isn’t his style…
Duncan’s former teammate Bruce Bowen, who is in Rio for the 2016 Olympics with NBA House, told SI.com Duncan had a chance to make the trip as well. Known for his calm demeanor and general shunning of anything flashy, Duncan wasn’t too keen on the idea of flying down to Brazil, not even after President Barack Obama offered a personal invitation.
“It’s not often you find individuals like that. And it’s funny that he was offered an opportunity to fly here with the President of the United States, and he discussed it with me and I’m like, ‘You’re going, right?’ He was like, ‘You know I’m not about that stuff.’ Even that moment where you’d say, ‘I sure would like to be a part of that,’ it doesn’t happen with Tim because he’s not concerned with that stuff.”