After winning the 2014 NBA championship against the Miami Heat, Tim Duncan was greeted with a big hug by his former teammate David Robinson.
It has been an uphill battle ever since the San Antonio Spurs were ousted last season against the Heat.
Sweet redemption… as the confetti’s fall and emotions flowed. It has been 15 years since David and Tim won their first ever NBA championship. Three decades have past, five championships have won and Tim would always be thankful on how David set up a blueprint on how the team should be molded.
Back in 1999, David was the Spurs franchise player and the cover boy of the team. His 32 waist line and massive stature is an indication of how he takes care of his health and career. David made a decision that no other superstar could have done – he sacrifices everything and gave his team to the two-year all-star, Tim Duncan. It wasn’t a popular decision after their team opened their season to six wins and eight losses. People wanted coach Popovich out, but David never wavered. For some it made no sense, he was the only player in NBA history to win Rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, MVP and the team’s go to guy and he is giving it all up. But for David, this is going to be the Spurs and not the David Robinson’s team. It was always been his dream to have a team where everybody trusts each other and if he wants change it should start from him. David Robinson was used to having the ball all the time, and he gave up all the glamour, the shots and the minutes and instead play defense, rebound the ball and get elbowed by Karl Malone and yet no complain or words uttered. The ultimate sacrifice had paid off.
Tim and David won two championships together (1999 and 2003) before Robinson retired. Duncan have seen the perfect formula for a winning team and embraced it as he moves forward.
Back into the 2013 NBA championship after a heart breaking game-6 loss, Tim and the Spurs made it a motivation to bounce back on the 2014 season. Tim, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker made a conscious effort to let the other people shine. Kawhi Leonard (2014 finals MVP), Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills have been crucial in their championship victory. And it’s all because of willingness to be a team of trust.
On the night where the San Antonio Spurs crowned as champions. David Robinson and Tim Duncan embraced each other. Fewer words uttered as emotions flowed.
One sacrifice that went a long way.
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