Tim Duncan has already nailed down his second career, but Gregg Popovich, humorously, appears to not have the same level of trust in the legendary San Antonio Spurs power forward off the court.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, Duncan owns BlackJack Speed Shop, which is located in San Antonio. However, unlike new teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, Pop doesn’t let Duncan’s shop do much on the car.
“We’ve done tires for Pop. That’s about all we’re allowed to do,” Duncan said with a laugh, per Zwerling.
Zwerling adds the BlackJack is currently working on a car for LaMarcus Aldridge—a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle—and has previously customized rides for Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, David Robinson and general manager R.C. Buford.
If Popovich’s car had some problems after being entrusted to Duncan’s shop, perhaps a couple awkward moments might arise between the duo.
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Or, maybe the five-time championship-winning coach is anxious about what Duncan and Co. might do. What if Duncan jacked up Pop’s unknown car on oversized tires, lifted the suspension and upgraded the exhaust system to give the Hall of Fame-bound coach a mean ride?
Some questions need answers.
In all seriousness, the anecdote is humorous because of the chemistry Duncan and Popovich truly have on the court. Duncan can take charge of the Spurs while Popovich simply slides into the background, or Pop might lash out at Duncan for an improper decision.
Duncan has been the engine that’s powered the franchise since 1997, but once he retires from the NBA and heads to BlackJack, maybe the coach will let his former superstar change the oil to keep the car’s motor running.