Tim Duncan – American basketball player
Tim Duncan is an American basketball player. He played for San Antonio Spurs for 19 years. Tim is 5-time NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014), 2-time MVP of the season in the league (2002, 2003), 3-time NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), bronze medalist of the 2004 Olympic Games, 1995Universiade champion, champion of America in 1999 and 2003. He is the team captain and the only player in NBA history, who was in NBA All-Star team and the NBA All-Defensive Team at the same time. Duncan was engaged in swimming but when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only Olympic-size swimming pool in St Croix, Tim began playing basketball. Soon he became the leader of the team. His sports career at Wake Forest University was very successful. He won Naismith College Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
In 1997 Duncan became San Antonio Spurs leader and led it to victory in the NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He is one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.
Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on April 25, 1976. His father, a mason, worked a variety of jobs, and his mother was a midwife. Together with his parents and elder sisters, Cheryl and Tricia, he lived in Christiansted, a town on Santa Cruz Island, one of the main islands belonging to the US Virgin Islands. At school Duncan was a good student and dreamed of becoming a swimmer like his sister Tricia. Tricia represented the Virgin Islands in the 100- and 200- meter backstroke in the 1988 Olympics, and Duncan holds the Virgin Islands record in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and was a nationally ranked swimmer in the United States in the 400-meter freestyle by the age of thirteen. With good results, the young man even wanted to participate in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona as part of the US team. However, in 1989 Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only fifty-meter pool and Duncan had to swim in the open ocean. Tim was very afraid of sharks so he gave up swimming. Duncan decided to play basketball.
Duncan studied at Wake Forest University and played for the local team Demon Deacons.
In 1997 he graduated with a degree in psychology and drafted by the San Antonio Spurs. In 1998, Duncan was chosen by the coaches to participate in the NBA All-Star game. In 1999, Spurs won National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.
In 2002, Duncan was named NBA Player of the Year.
In 2010, Duncan was the best player in the history of San Antonio Spurs. In the same year he played his 1000th game and became the 94th player in NBA history who was able to achieve this.
On July 11, 2016, Duncan announced the completion of a professional career.
Tim was named one of the 100 greatest professional basketball players of the XX century. On February 18, 2006 he was named one of the next 10 Greatest Players. Sports Illustrated named him player of the decade.
In 2001, Tim married Amy. Their daughter was born in 2005 and their son was born in 2007.