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SAN ANTONIO — The contents inside Lonnie Walker IV’s gut churned, retched up and splattered into a puddle on the floor.
No shame in an out-of-shape rookie tossing his cookies after a workout with the retired Tim Duncan.
Immediately, Duncan rushed over to sop up the mess.
“Once they got it cleaned up, Timmy’s like, ‘Lonnie, get your ass back out on the court. We’ve got work to do,” Spurs CEO R.C. Buford recently recalled from an empty patio at a local Mexican restaurant. “Timmy was in the gym that day, just working with Lonnie because he was out of shape after missing all that time [after] he tore his meniscus and missed the first eight weeks of the season. Tim wasn’t even coaching yet. But when Tim Duncan’s over there cleaning up your mess, that’s a hell of a statement.”
Just one more tacked on, adding to two decades’ worth in a 19-season NBA career that provided immeasurable contributions toward birthing the culture of the San Antonio Spurs, culminating in Duncan’s induction Saturday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s a pretty incredible story,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Everybody knows the story, but it’s true. That’s something we’re all very happy about. We still toast him when we have dinner: ‘Thank you, Timmy.’ So, [it’s] obviously special.”
The truth is, it’s impossible to distill Duncan’s career into words or some lengthy think piece. We already know about the mind-boggling stats, the five titles, the two MVPs and 15 All-Star appearances, not to mention the fact Duncan retired in 2016 ranked second in playoff victories, first in playoff double-doubles and third in postseason rebounds.