Duncan Still Soaking Up All-Star Experience

by Lorne Chan | Spurs.com

Leaving the mob of press at the NBA All-Star Game’s media day on Friday, Tim Duncan joined an NBA Cares Food Sorting project in New York City. Working with the non-profit organization City Harvest, he spent time with a mob of kids, took plenty of selfies and got to take in the aspects of All-Star weekend he truly enjoys.

Duncan is making his 15th appearance in the All-Star Game in New York City, the same place as his first All-Star Game in 1998.

The 38-year-old power forward brought his family along for the trip this time, and said he’s cherishing as much of the experience as he can.

At City Harvest, he spent time joking around with former teammate Bruce Bowen while sorting sacks of potatoes, and also spent some time with another retired NBA star, Dikembe Mutombo.

“This is a tremendous honor that I don’t take lightly,” Duncan said. “I’m enjoying being here, enjoying the time, enjoying the situation where I have two coaches that I know personally, and taking it from there.”

His former teammate and current Golden State coach Steve Kerr is leading the Western Conference, while longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer is now Atlanta’s coach and guiding the East.

Kerr also could select Duncan to start for the West in place of injured New Orleans star Anthony Davis. It’s a big difference from two weeks ago, when Duncan said he doubted he would be selected for the game.

“I didn’t expect to be here, to be honest,” Duncan said. “It’s an honor to be here, especially selected by the coaches. It feels good to know they feel like I’m still playing at that level and still helping my team win games at this point in my career.”

Duncan’s media day session ranged from goofy to introspective. When a correspondent from “The Late Show with David Letterman” asked for a hug when he noted Duncan hugs basketballs before games, Duncan declined, joking that “the ball is a lot safer.”

When asked how he’s changed his game as he’s gotten older, Duncan said he’s constantly changing his game.

“You have to change the whole way along,” he said. “You have to adjust to what your team needs and what you’re able to do You have to accept there is some deterioration in there at some point, and your role’s going to change. You’ve got to get your pride out of the way.”

Duncan said his favorite thing about the All-Star Game is spending time with the other All-Stars, remembering when he sat back in the locker room at his first All-Star Game watching as he shared the room with some legends. He said he’ll likely sit back again this time, to watch the personalities of a new generation of All-Star.

“I understand the full-circle aspect that my first All-Star game was here, but in the same respect, I’m always happy to be here,” he said. “I’m trying to have my kids see what they can see on this trip and enjoy this downtime. I’m going to have as much fun as I can.”

Click Here For Video Of Duncan at Media Day:  https://www.nba.com/spurs/video/channels/allstar/2015/02/13/20140214-med...

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