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.