San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was enshrined in the Hall of Fame this week.
After 19 years, five championships and countless records broken alongside Gregg Popovich, it was a certainty that Duncan would dedicate at least a portion of his speech on Saturday to his head coach.
And that’s exactly what he did.
In an emotional statement, Duncan thanked Popovich for going above and beyond in his efforts – both on and off the court.
“You are an exceptional person, thank you.”
Tim Duncan’s speech would not have been complete without mentioning Gregg Popovich 🙌
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) May 15, 2021
“You showed up after I got drafted, you came to my island,” he said.
“You sat with my friends, my family, you talked with my dad. I thought that was normal. It’s not. You were an exceptional person, thank you for teaching me about basketball. But even beyond that, teaching me that it’s not all about basketball.
“It’s about what’s happening in the world, about your family. Just, for everything. Thank you for being the amazing human being that you are.”
That’s one way to watch a game. https://t.co/rlfZSR4DDe
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2021
Earlier in the week, Duncan was subjected to a very controversial interview with ESPN host Rachel Nichols. In a way, it stole some of the spotlight from the Spurs legend’s massive accomplishments and what he was supposed to be recognized for this weekend.
Thankfully, the interruption didn’t last.
As soon as Duncan gave his speech, everyone remembered once more what a tremendous talent he was, and how lucky fans were to have been able to witness him work his magic on the basketball court for nearly two decades.