Tim Duncan to start for West All-Stars

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Prior to tonight’s game, Gregg Popovich announced that Tim Duncan will start in place of Yao Ming for the Western Conference All-Stars. He also promised to not “coach a lick” this weekend. But the Duncan news will get more attention, and may be seen by some as controversial.

Tim Duncan’s numbers are at career lows across the board.  This is partially due to a decrease in minutes, but it’s also because the Spurs have transitioned to more of a guard-led offense organized around Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Some argued that Duncan was not deserving of the selection.  This year’s crop of deserving candidates was crowded, and Duncan’s numbers were the least impressive of those not voted in by fans.

Gregg Popovich does not run with those crowds. Rather, he referred to his selection of Duncan as “totally appropriate and obvious.”

One argument in favor of Duncan’s selection is that the Spurs have the best record in the NBA. It seems appropriate that their decade-long anchor would represent the Western squad this weekend.

In other news, this is Tim Duncan’s one billionth consecutive appearance as an All-Star starter.

(H/t: Jeff McDonald, for putting Popovich on the spot.)

  • OrEmuN

    Great news !!
    Never though Pop will do this but credit to Pop for choosing Duncan over Gasol

  • Jacques

    Saw this coming. Go Spurs!

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  • Nadeem

    Thank you Pop, u made my day!

  • Chipp

    Congrats to Tim– a for Pop doing the right thing by him. Couple of years ago, all anyone wanted to talk about was Boston deserving 3 because of their record, and before that Detroit deserving 4 because of their first half record. And we only get two– and everyone wants to complain? Sheesh.

    If memory serves me right, wasn’t also he the last rookie (before B Griffin), who was chosen by the coaches for the All-Star team? And before him, D Robinson?

    Here’s hoping Duncan takes an ill advised jumper instead of an obvious pass to a wide open
    Love, while remarking to him, “I need the stats!”

  • DorieStreet

    @ Chip

    Excellent retort regarding Tim’s selection to the allstar squad. Now Pop- letting play 5 minutes in the 1st, start the 3rd quarter, and give him 3-4 minutes in the middle of the 4th. Max minutes– 15.

  • The Beat Counselor

    Maybe if the Lakers had the best record in the NBA, Gasol would deserve to start.

    LaMarcus Aldridge should be in instead of Kevin Love. TWolves are ranked 27th in the league in FG% and 9th in the league for points-per-game. That is an uptempo team that misses A LOT of shots. Of course Love is going to get a double-double every night. Aldridge has been a revelation.

    Eff Kevin Love and his cologne.

  • The Beat Counselor

    Vegas gives 2:1 odds that Timmeh sports his new Drew Gooden look at the All-Star game.

  • rob

    Meh. Timmy starts…goes 3 for 3…snags 3 boards and one block…and after 5 minutes…sits and enjoys a court side seat after putting up a per 36 performance that justifies him being there and starting.

  • http://www.babaiepromotions.com Alix Babaie

    There are some real snapperheads slamming Pop for choosing Duncan to start and even going so far as to state that Timmy does not deserve to even sniff the bench.

    These are the same dolts who think seeing the Lakers vs. the Celtics in the NBA Finals every year is good entertainment.

    Bunch of dumbasses.

  • The Beat Counselor

    FYI…

    Having problems posting links, but NBA.com has All-Star interviews with TD, Manu and Pop.

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