Courtside stories: Former NBA player shares fantastic Tim Duncan story

etan-thomas-okcUnless you are on the same team, players would rarely give you an advice on how to play better.

On the contrary, they will try to flop on you, trash-talk you, and do other things, forcing you to lose your confidence.

Tim Duncan is completely the opposite.

Former NBA player Etan Thomas, who played against Duncan during his time in the NBA, shared a great story on him playing against Duncan.

“So we’re playing the Spurs and I get the ball on the post. I inside pivot and sweep to the middle for my jump hook and he blocks it,” Thomas wrote on  his Facebook page.

“So as we are running down the court he says to me – ‘that was a good move but you have to get more into my body so you can either draw the foul or I can’t block it’,” Thomas said.

“So I didn’t know if he was talking noise or what so just kind of looked at him confused and said ok. Then, a few plays later I did it again got more into his body and he couldn’t block it,” Thomas said. “I missed the shot and he looked at me and said much better and kept playing.”

“Tim Duncan is honestly one of the nicest guys in the NBA and one of the best power forwards ever. Respect,” said Thomas.

Indeed – not every player in the NBA, let alone a superstar, would be giving advice on how to play better. Tim Duncan did.

Etan Thomas played in 409 NBA games (74 started), averaging 5.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 17.3 minutes on the court. Most of his career he played for the Washington Wizards, and spent his last seasons with Oklahoma and Atlanta.

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