Like a Fine Wine: Tim Duncan’s 10 Best Sneaker Moments

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Tim Duncan

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Year after year, season after season, he’s asked the same question. And time and time again, Tim Duncan shrugs off retirement talk as if it just doesn’t apply to him. The 38-year old is currently in his 17th NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs all-time leading scorer, and tonight, he’ll play in his 233rd NBA Playoff game.

To give you some perspective, that’s more postseason appearances than teams like the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, and Washing Wizards have had in franchise history. Duncan is the definition of a battle-hardened veteran, and somehow, unlike the majority of players his age, he’s showing no signs of falling off. He’s still liable to go off for 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and although the San Antonio Spurs have a strong and diverse supporting cast, there’s not much debate over who their leader is.

So how does Duncan do it? One major factor of longevity has been his ability to avoid serious injuries. A lot of big men will have their careers cut short due to knee or back issues from the high impact landings they must endure. But not Tim Duncan. Somehow, someway, the 14-time NBA All-Star almost seems to improve with age.

From a sneaker enthusiast’s point of view, it makes us wonder if his choice in shoes has anything to do with it. For bigger-sized players, it’s crucial to find a pair of shoes with plenty of impact protection to allow for safe, cushioned landings. Starting from Duncan’s early days with Nike to his current run with adidas, he’s always opted for a well-cushioned shoe, and to celebrate his unparalleled run, we take a look back with Like a Fine Wine: Tim Duncan’s 10 Best Sneaker Moments.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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  • Sneaks

    Maybe the only exciting thing about him…

  • Biga173rd

    The only shoes only feeling is the Nike Total Foamposite Max, And Flightposite. Everything else is garbage.

    • Riley Jones

      Hey, thanks for the comment. I love the Foam Max and Flightposites too, but don’t sleep on his adidas, he’s had some gems with them over the years. Also, his run with Nike only lasted for a brief portion of his career, so I had to mix it up accordingly!

      • Biga173rd

        Performance wise for Adidas I can imagine there amazing on court. Looks wise ehhh lol you feel me right?. Thanks for the reply. And a Great article.

  • Doc Bill

    The all black Air Max Duncan 1 was hard as hell.

  • Mister D

    The last pic featured Duncan in an adidas Misterfly PE. The adidas Big Fundamental looked like this:

    • Riley Jones

      Thanks for the heads up, they’re very similar!

  • mike

    also its the TS Commander LT, not td (take down cheaper model)

  • Secular_Human

    The Commander LT, not a take down.
    Sole Collector TRIED do do something like this, and they got each and every Adidas shoe wrong. I guess they got a extra Nike bonus check or something over there.

    • Riley Jones

      “TD” was for Tim Duncan, sorry for the confusion!

  • theOracle

    the air max Duncan always were freakishly awful. its like a horrible air kukini(which I like) basketball hybrid. the strands serve no purpose other than to look like shit. and other than the TS commander his adidas shoes have been excessively boring. I like TD and even tho he is old school and not super marketable he deserved a lot better effort from nike and adidas. I mean how hard is it to make a really clean design that performs well? thats what he should have gotten all along

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  • Alex

    Not even as good as ledlampen