With four NBA Championships and three NBA Finals MVP honors to his name, Tim Duncan’s sixteen year career has been the most successful of any active player not named Kobe Bryant. The resilient power forward has managed to remain a factor throughout his lengthy career, and most recently he helped lead the Spurs to the 2013 NBA Finals where they were shut down by LeBron James and the Heat.
In 1999, Tim Duncan had spent just two years in the pros, and the landscape of the game was much different at the time. The San Antonio Spurs had been selected to represent the NBA in the biennial McDonald’s Championship, a tournament that had been won by America since the tournaments inauguration in 1987. However, the road to victory wouldn’t come without a few speed bumps for San Antonio. The Spurs trailed Italy’s Varese Roosters during the bulk of their semifinal game, but were able to pull out a win in the end. On October 16, 1999, they continued their momentum in the finals and defeated Vasco de Gama of Brazil 103-68. Tim Duncan scored 32 points and had 18 rebounds, earning the McDonald’s Championship MVP honors.
During this 1999 match-up in Milan, Italy, Tim Duncan wore the Nike Air Flightposite One. Selected as one of The 10 Best Re-Released Performance Sneakers from Nike Basketball, the Flightposite One served as an update to the original Air Foamposite model. The Flightposite’s upper made use of Foamposite technology, Zoom Air cushioning, and an adjustable shroud lace cover. The original release was worn by everyone from shooting guards like Alan Houston to bigger players like Duncan and Kevin Garnett, and the retro model remains a suitable choice for the hardwood.