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28 Inspiring Tim Duncan Quotes (BASKETBALL)

Top 10 Most Famous Tim Duncan Quotes (BEST)

“Basketball’s so much like life: if something’s going great, you wait a minute, it will change. If something’s going bad, you wait a minute, it will change. So I try to play things on such an even keel, knowing that things are going to change. You take the good with the bad; you don’t get too excited, you don’t get too down and sometimes that’s the hardest thing in the world to do when you’re in the midst of it, but that’s the best way to handle it.”

Tim Duncan
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.
The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.
I am who I am because of the people who I grew up with and where I’m from.
I am who I am because of the people who I grew up with and where I’m from.
I'm surrounded by nothing but great people. I've been blessed with that, so really, I've got no choice but to be an all-around good person.
I’m surrounded by nothing but great people. I’ve been blessed with that, so really, I’ve got no choice but to be an all-around good person.

“You’ve got to stay ready, especially around here. That’s what we preach, you’ll get your opportunity whether it comes at the beginning or in the middle or in the end whenever it may be. When your time comes, you need to be ready to go because you’re going to earn your minutes.”

Tim Duncan
I'm not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I'm here and I'm a Spur for life.
I’m not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I’m here and I’m a Spur for life.
I don't try to change myself to impress anybody. I'm just who I am.
I don’t try to change myself to impress anybody. I’m just who I am.
I'm still learning. Hopefully I can keep getting better, and not stop where I am now.
I’m still learning. Hopefully I can keep getting better, and not stop where I am now.
I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a little different, but that's OK, who wants to be normal anyway
I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a little different, but that’s OK, who wants to be normal anyway?

7 Inspirational Tim Duncan Quotes on Success

“Competition is great for everyone. Sports can teach you so much at an early age, including camaraderie and sportsmanship. Competition aspect is something I’ve always been big on – I always wanted to compete in something. It was swimming for many years, then I moved on to basketball. I had to find a way to channel my competitive energy, so I’m lucky that basketball worked out for me.”

Tim Duncan
I just hope to make a difference.
I just hope to make a difference.
We are unselfish and we trust each other.
We are unselfish and we trust each other.
You have to adjust to what your team needs and what you're able to do.
You have to adjust to what your team needs and what you’re able to do.
I'm just going to play whatever game is in front of me.
I’m just going to play whatever game is in front of me.
I don't do style. I just show up for the games.
I don’t do style. I just show up for the games.

“I have the loving support of my girlfriend who still attends Wake Forest and is nearing graduation. She helps me cope with the everyday rigors of being an NBA player.”

Tim Duncan

4 Tim Duncan Quotes on Winning

“We took pride in representing where we came from, took pride in being from small places, and places all around the world and being able to come together and make ourselves into a team, into a group of guys with one goal and get that done.”

Tim Duncan
Standing on the court and holding up that trophy - it's so great you want to keep doing it over and over again.
Standing on the court and holding up that trophy – it’s so great you want to keep doing it over and over again.
It always feels good to win, it's always tough to lose.
It always feels good to win, it’s always tough to lose.
I am going to walk away when I'm ready to walk away. Not because of a win or a loss.
I am going to walk away when I’m ready to walk away. Not because of a win or a loss.

5 Tim Duncan Quotes that will Make You Think

“I’m not better when I force shots. I’m going to take them as they come. They are really sagging in there, trying to take me out of the game. It’s my job to find guys. I want to be aggressive and take my shots, but I can’t force them.”

Tim Duncan
I'm just somebody that isn't that impressed by [Michael Jordan]. There really isn't anybody in the world I'm impressed with.
I’m just somebody that isn’t that impressed by [Michael Jordan]. There really isn’t anybody in the world I’m impressed with.
The only nickname I've ever had is Merlin, like the magician. I don't know why.
The only nickname I’ve ever had is Merlin, like the magician. I don’t know why.
When you have to stop and think about things is when they go wrong.
When you have to stop and think about things is when they go wrong.
I think competitiveness is taken in a different way by different people. I'm not a yeller and a screamer, a jumper and a pusher.
I think competitiveness is taken in a different way by different people. I’m not a yeller and a screamer, a jumper and a pusher.

2 Tim Duncan Quotes About Life and Cars

“I’m not really a flashy guy anywhere else – I don’t dress flashy or anything else – but I like to keep my cars nice, and I like to customize them. I can do things a little flashier and a little faster, and with a little bit more thought. This is kind of the release part of basketball.”

Tim Duncan
If I have my kids, I drive something with four doors. If I don't have my kids, I can drive whatever I want.
If I have my kids, I drive something with four doors. If I don’t have my kids, I can drive whatever I want.

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