Coach Popovich full of praise for 37-year-old veteran on eve of Game 1.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has hailed Tim Duncan’s legacy and longevity ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2013.
The 37-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career with the Spurs, but has failed to reach the NBA Finals since winning the championships back in 2007.
A three-time Finals MVP, Duncan has yet to lose in the show-piece series of the season in his league career, but will be fully aware of the huge task that awaits when they take on the defending champions Miami Heat.
Coach Popovich was asked how the veteran has been able to re-invent himself this season and play at such a high level despite his advancing years.
“Timmy is a consummate pro. He takes full pride in fulfilling his responsibilities to his team-mates,” Popovich told the media at the pre-game press conferences.
“He works hard all summer long, he’s got high standards and he wants to participate and compete at a high level. He has the discipline to do it and he has the character.”
Popovich also revealed that Duncan doesn’t spend too much time thinking about personal accolades as that is his nature, but nevertheless he will be fully focused on adding another ring to his collection.
Team-mate Tony Parker was equally as complimentary, as he bids to fulfil a promise made to the power forward over helping him win another championship.
“It’s unbelievable what he is doing at his age. I think the number one thing is the way he takes care of his body. This year he is playing at a very, very high level and it is a great example for me to follow,” he told reporters.
Duncan has undoubtedly enjoyed something of a renaissance this year, posting up impressive numbers throughout the regular season and playoffs, excelling at both ends of the court.
He appreciates the threat of LeBron James and the Miami Heat, but has the experience and desire to win another title as he nears the end of the road in his glittering career.