Thursday night the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, meaning that Tim Duncan is now three wins away from his fifth title in 17 seasons.
Yes, in case you haven’t been calculating, that’s how long Duncan has been in the league, and it seems that he’ll always be a staple in the league.
Eventually, though, his run will have to come to an end and that will indeed be a sad day for the NBA when that does occur. It’s almost as if with every game he plays, you can watch him battle retirement as if it’s the grim reaper coming to knock on his door.
Well, at least that’s the way that Clippers star Blake Griffin sees it as he tweeted his appreciation for Duncan’s amazing efforts at his age, while at the same time mentioning that Duncan is fighting off that proverbial reaper.
Duncan is looking to become the 26th player in the history of the NBA to win five championships or more, and he would probably already be there had Ray Allen not propelled the Heat to their magical run in Game 6 when they were on the ropes to the Spurs.
Still, you have to agree with Griffin on this one and say that it’s a pleasure watching Duncan go out there regularly and slap Father Time in the face.