Tim Duncan to start for West All-Stars
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. Â 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. Â 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 consecutiveÂ appearanceÂ as an All-Star starter.
(H/t: Jeff McDonald, for putting Popovich on the spot.)