San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did some poetic waxing, to the extent that he can, about Tim Duncan prior to Monday night’s game against the Wizards. Maybe Duncan has some “strange elixir” behind his stellar play, says Popovich. This is Duncan’s 16th NBA season, he’s 36-years old, and he’s putting up a career-high PER (27.3). Pretty amazing.
Maybe Duncan’s enduring tenure could be attributed to new-age techniques.
“I guess it’s not surprising when you look at training techniques these days and how seriously these guys take it. All of us eat better than we did growing up,” said Popovich. “Our parents used to know what we all know now, so these guys are taking advantage of it. What they put in their bodies is really important to them. Contracts are big. They know somebody’s waiting in line, so they better take care of themselves. The training techniques are really advanced, and they go year-round, so it’s not surprising that [NBA players in their mid-to-late 30s] can extend their careers the way that they have.”
This is now the time where we briefly interject with the recent relevancy of Andray Blatche and the tragedy of him never acting like taking care of his body was important, of him never playing like someone was waiting in line.
But, maybe, the actual key is a healthy marriage between coach and player, Pops and Timmy.
“He doesn’t really even talk to me that much, anymore. We’ve been married so long that we . . .” Popovich trailed off. “Complete each other’s sentences,” chimed in a reporter. The coach was asked if Duncan has ever verbalized that he wants to show people, the league, that he still has it.
“Half the things I say he doesn’t hear, the other half he tunes out if he did hear… because he figures it’s bullshit,” continued the coach in jest. “Manu’s [Ginobili] getting to that point, Tony’s [Parker] close to it… Time to go!,” Popovich finished with a rare smile.
And that, my friends, was vintage Pops.
Turning to the Wizards…
Let’s review last night’s post-game video of Randy Wittman and Martell Webster speaking highly of the opponent that “carved the Wizards up pretty good,” according to Wittman.