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Robert Horry got death threats from Spurs fans for perceived Tim Duncan diss

Robert Horry

Some San Antonio Spurs fans apparently took their love for Tim Duncan way too far.

Retired NBA champion and former Spur Robert Horry appeared this week on the “Road Trippin'” podcast. Horry revealed that he got death threats from Spurs fans for some comments that he made a few years ago that Hakeem Olajuwon was far better than Duncan in his opinion.

“People were up in arms, it was crazy,” he said. “I was getting death threats. The crazy part is my wife and I had to do an appearance in San Antonio at this event, and everybody was looking at me like this — [crosses arms with blank expression].”

Horry, who was teammates with both players, said in 2017 that he thought Olajuwon was “20 times better” than Duncan. You can read Horry’s full comments here.

Now 51 years old, Horry was a Spur for five seasons and won two NBA championships with them, including an all-time clutch performance in the 2005 Finals. But Duncan is the greatest and most beloved Spurs player of all-time, while Olajuwon’s Houston Rockets are the enemy in San Antonio.

Still, the death threats to Horry are obviously way overboard and bring to mind another over-the-top stunt that Spurs fans once pulled.

Look: Al Horford got Tim Duncan treatment during game against Suns

Al Horford

Al Horford caught one heck of a stray during Friday’s game against Phoenix.

The Oklahoma City Thunder center has been shut down for the rest of the season so that the team can focus on developing their younger players. The Suns’ broadcast had a bit of fun with that much, hilariously listing Horford as out for being “old.” Take a look.

The “old” designation may sound familiar to you, and you would be right. Recall that retired San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan got some similar treatment back in the day, being listed as “DND-Old” for a game in 2012.

Duncan was nearing 36 at the time, and Horford is not far behind — he will turn 35 in June. Horford also seems particularly ancient on a Thunder team with 11 players age 23 or younger. Thus, he might not disagree with the reason given for his absence.

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Report: Tim Duncan stepping away from full-time coaching role with Spurs

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan’s full-time coaching career is apparently over after just one year.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Duncan has decided to step away from full-time coaching after one year with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan is expected to return to a more behind-the-scenes player development role similar to the one he occupied prior to last year.

The decision apparently does not come as a surprise to the Spurs, who reportedly expected Duncan’s full-time assistant role to be a temporary one.

The writing may have been on the wall when Duncan didn’t travel to the Orlando bubble with the team. While Duncan didn’t get credit for it, he did win one game as a stand-in coach for Popovich during the regular season.

Tim Duncan not joining Spurs’ staff in Orlando bubble

Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs assistant Tim Duncan is staying out of the Orlando bubble.

Duncan is not in Orlando with the team, according to WOAI’s Don Harris, and will not join the team at any point. Instead, he is helping oversee LaMarcus Aldridge’s rehab efforts.

This appears to be down to the limits of personnel who can get into the bubble more than anything else. The Spurs can’t bring everyone, and are allowing Duncan to stay back.

Duncan is in his first season as an assistant to Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. The team trusted him enough to make him acting coach when Popovich missed a game in March.

Jerry Krause once tried for the craziest offseason imaginable

The Miami Heat assembling The Big Three in 2010 was probably the biggest free agent coup in NBA history, but Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause apparently tried to pull off something similarly ambitious a full decade earlier.

Appearing recently on “The Platform Basketball Podcast,” former Bulls guard Jamal Crawford revealed a crazy story about Krause trying to acquire three of the league’s biggest talents in a single offseason.

“My rookie year, Jerry thought he was gonna get Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, and Tracy McGrady,” Crawford said. “So obviously, MJ just retired, right? We have all this cap space. We have all these rookies. Go back and look, I guarantee Grant, Tim, and T-Mac were all free agents. Jerry wholeheartedly believed that we were gonna get all three of them. Even if we get two of them.”

Crawford, who spent his first four seasons with the Bulls, is referring to the summer of 2000, a time when all three aforementioned players were indeed free agents. Krause ultimately whiffed on all three though, as McGrady and Hill both signed with the Orlando Magic while Duncan returned to the San Antonio Spurs. As a result, the Bulls’ cap space went to free agents like Ron Mercer and Brad Miller that offseason instead. Chicago never made it back to the playoffs again during the tenure of Krause, who stepped down in 2003.

Krause was largely vilified by ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” but he was a real visionary when it came to putting together talented teams. That almost continued even after the Michael Jordan era was over.

Shaq thinks Spurs, Tim Duncan have asterisk for 1999 championship

Shaq TNT

Tim Duncan goes down as one of the greatest players in NBA history, but Shaquille O’Neal thinks the San Antonio forward’s legacy isn’t quite as great as it seems.

Duncan and the Spurs are credited with winning five NBA championships. O’Neal doesn’t think the 1999 title should completely count.

Why?

The 1998-1999 NBA season was shortened due to a lockout that resulted in a 50-game regular season. The Spurs went 37-13 in the regular season and mowed through their opponents in the playoffs, only dropped two games. Duncan’s Spurs even swept Shaq’s Lakers in the second round.

Shaq thinks that title deserves an asterisk.

“I would tell Mr. Duncan this to his face: you have four rings. It says you have five, but the asterisks don’t count. It’s not a real season. I’ll tell all of San Antonio to its face: you only have four,” Shaq said on The Big Podcast.

This is the same logic Shaq applied when he said he thought the current season should be canceled. He believes there will be an asterisk for the team that wins it all, which in his mind invalidates the title.

There are plenty of current NBA superstars who disagree and want to finish the season so they don’t see a year of their career go to waste.

Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett will join Kobe Bryant in Basketball Hall of Fame

Kobe Bryant

The 2020 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class will be as legendary as anticipated.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett will be the Class of 2020. An official announcement is expected over the weekend.

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston added that five-time All-Star and two-time title-winning head coach Rudy Tomjanovich has also been voted in as part of the class.

The group of the first three players is no surprise, and it was predicted to be this way several weeks ago. It’s also nice to see Tomjanovich, one of the most accomplished NBA personalities around, get his due. This promises to be a must-see ceremony, and it will be an emotional one as Bryant’s absence will weigh heavily.

Tim Duncan to coach Spurs Tuesday during Gregg Popovich absence

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan will be making his head coaching debut on Tuesday.

Duncan will coach the Spurs Tuesday night in place of Gregg Popovich, who is away on personal business.

This marks Duncan’s first game as a head coach. He has served as an assistant with the Spurs since July of 2019.

It probably counts as a vote of confidence that Duncan is getting the nod. Popovich has another qualified assistant in Becky Hammon who has previously coached the Spurs’ NBA Summer League team.

Popovich has jokingly shaded Duncan’s coaching ability before. We’ll get to see it in action now and judge for ourselves.

Kevin Garnett tells great story about how Tim Duncan trash talked

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan was known for being a relatively quiet and humble player, but that led to some unexpected — and humorous — trash talk.

Kevin Garnett joined Showtime’s “All The Smoke” podcast hosted by Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson and talked about trash talking. KG said one of the keys to trash talk is being able to “back it up.”

Barnes asked if there was anyone whose trash talk Garnett respected, and that’s when KG brought up Duncan. The clip is great but contains profanity:

“Believe it not, Tim Duncan. People would not see him verbally saying stuff because he would not talk in sentences. Timmy would talk in phrases. ‘Got you.’ ‘Oooh. Almost.’ ‘Nice try.’

“And then what really really really pissed me off was when the trash talk wasn’t affecting him … and that’s when I quit talking trash to Timmy because he wouldn’t respond or he wouldn’t give me the reaction I was looking for.”

Man, Duncan was such a rock that even Garnett’s trash talk couldn’t get to him. And the trash talk in phrases is the perfect, low-key way to get someone.

Interestingly, Garnett isn’t the first person to talk about Duncan as a trash-talker. We saw Draymond Green tell a great story too.

Gregg Popovich jokes about why he made Tim Duncan his assistant

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich seems pretty excited about Tim Duncan joining his staff as an assistant. The San Antonio Spurs coach is also very eager to joke about it.

At the first day of USA Basketball practice, Popovich spoke briefly about Duncan’s decision to join the staff, joking that the Spurs icon couldn’t coach at all and Popovich is simply paying him back for carrying him for nearly two decades.

Popovich made a similar joke when announcing the hire, and he’ll probably have more to come. The Spurs coach certainly seems very excited to have Duncan involved again, and the jokes are clearly coming from a place of deep affection.