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Roy Hibbert texts Tim Duncan for advice on how Spurs do it

Roy HibbertThe San Antonio Spurs are considered to be a model NBA franchise, even for players who aren’t even on the team. Such is the case for Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, who says he texts Tim Duncan for advice.

At the Pacers’ media day on Tuesday, Hibbert revealed that he watched the Spurs in the NBA Finals last season and looks to them for inspiration.

“You just watch how they play and I watched them close,” Hibbert told the Indianapolis Star. “I’m close to Tim (Duncan). We were texting a couple days ago. I’m asking him for advice, just the way they go about their business but yeah, I watched them closely.”

If there’s a team whose model you want to replicate, it’s definitely the Spurs. Their incredible teamwork highlighted by their impressive ball movement led to enormous success last season and a championship.

Not everyone can do what they do, but it’s worth trying your best to see if you can. And if there’s anything Duncan might say to Hibbert, it’s don’t go from an All-Star to non-factor in the same season.

San Antonio billboard praises Tim Duncan for opting in when LeBron opted out

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As expected, LeBron James informed the Miami Heat on Tuesday that he will opt out of the final year of his current contract. Tim Duncan, who could have retired at the age of 38 with five NBA championships under his belt, decided to opt into the final year of his deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. LeBron could very well end up staying in Miami, but it only makes sense to sign another max contract while he is still in the prime of his career. Duncan may only play one more season anyway, so exercising his $10.3 million option for the 2014-2015 season makes sense. Don’t tell that to the people who paid for the billboard you see above.

Duncan has played his entire career with the Spurs, whereas LeBron left the Cleveland Cavaliers to chase championships. He has won two thus far. But Duncan got his first ring when he was in just his second NBA season, so his situation is far different from LeBron’s.

The truth of the matter is anyone with a brain would have opted out in LeBron’s situation. If you can secure more money over a longer period of time (even if it is from the same employer), why wouldn’t you? You can’t really compare a 38-year-old’s free agency decision to a 29-year-old’s, but we all know how much fun it is to rag on King James.

H/T Eye on Basketball
Photo: Twitter/Ryan Frazier

Tim Duncan and his son, who was wearing Punisher shirt, look identical

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Watching Tim Duncan celebrate with his kids on Father’s Day after winning his fifth NBA title was one of the best parts of the San Antonio Spurs finishing off the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Duncan, who went through a divorce with his ex-wife last year, brought his son Draven with him to his postgame press conference. Can you say twins?

Little Draven looks exactly like his old man. He has the same mannerisms and all and was basically a mirror image of Duncan during his chat with reporters. And you know that Punisher knee brace that Duncan wears during games? Draven had the same design on his T-shirt.

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That looked like one proud little boy, and rightfully so. His dad is one of the greatest NBA players of all time.

Photo via @cjzero

Tony Parker gives Tim Duncan a champagne bath (GIF)

Tim Duncan is easily the biggest storyline from the San Antonio Spurs being crowned the 2013-2014 NBA champions. Duncan won his fifth NBA title on Sunday night. The 38-year-old played like he was fresh out of college and still has 10 good seasons left in him. Tony Parker, who has been with Duncan for four of his championships, gave the big fella a well-deserved shower after the game.

Duncan had just finished sharing a nice moment with Gregg Popovich (who was smiling once again) when Parker came over and poured a bottle of champagne over Timmy’s head. I’m sure it felt just as good the fifth time as it did the first four.

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With Sunday night’s win, Duncan should easily go down as one of the best players to ever play the game.

GIF via @cjzero

Tim Duncan celebrates with his kids after winning 5th title on Father’s Day

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Tim Duncan probably could not have envisioned a better way to end his career if he decides to retire. The 5-time NBA champion won his fifth title and got to celebrate it with his son and daughter on Father’s Day. Does it get better than that?

Duncan had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes of the Spurs’ series-clinching 104-87 win over the Heat in Game 5. Where guys like Dwyane Wade have aged and shown weakness, Timmy has remained just as strong of a player as he was a few years ago.

Duncan averaged 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, a block and two assists per game during the postseason. He shot an impressive 52.4 percent from the field. Gregg Popovich has limited his minutes to around 30 per game the last four seasons, and the extra rest has paid off. It allowed Duncan to extend his career and Manu Ginobili to continue playing strong.

There’s also one extra reason that makes the celebration with his kids so special for Duncan. Timmy and his ex-wife got divorced last year, which had to have been extraordinarily difficult for their family. Tim referenced that during his postgame interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke, saying that the kids have been through a lot. At least they all got to celebrate a great moment together.

Five titles, 3 NBA Finals MVPs, winning championships in 3 different decades. What a freaking career.

Tim Duncan in ‘No Country for Old Men’ is a fantastic photoshop

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How perfect of a photoshop job was this one? Tim Duncan as Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men”? Does it get any better than that?

The latest fantastic photoshop comes to us from Oklahoma artist Bennett Barry, and it’s perfect. It has Timmy just like Chigurh’s character and, if you put aside the maniacal killings and cattle prod gun, are they really that dissimilar? I mean just from the lack of emotion standpoint. Duncan doesn’t give any f—s, you know? He doesn’t show sympathy or empathy on the court. He’s all about his business, with only one mission in mind: kill win.

Can’t you just see him telling his opponent to flip a coin?

Between this, the hilarious “Jurassic Park” memes and the “Friday photoshop, the internet is absolutely killing it with Duncan during the NBA Finals.

H/T @Steve_OS

This Tim Duncan ‘Friday’ Photshop picture is pretty awesome

ESPN’s “SportsNation” ran its photo game on Thursday and this was the definite winner.

Twitter user @SuperGoldGalaxy Photshopped this picture of Tim Duncan’s melon onto Ice Cube’s body for a “Friday” remix.

What makes that photo even better is that Duncan actually does wear flannel shirts that look exactly like that!

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The only things better than that were the “Jurassic Park” photoshops featuring Timmy and Chris Bosh. You can’t top Bosh the reptile!