Tim Duncan’s announcement of his retirement from the NBA may have been a surprise to a lot of people but to Kyle Anderson, it wasn’t.
“The guy is just a worker, he is a maniac” – Kyle Anderson on Tim Duncan’s work ethic
Anderson spoke with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Saturday and spoke on Duncan and his announcement of retiring from the game. When asked if he was surprised by the announcement Anderson’s replied, “at this point I am not surprised”. He then went on to talk about how Duncan gave his heart and soul to the organization. I believe every San Antonio fan that has followed his storied 19 year career can attest to that.
He went on to say how impressed he was with Duncan playing alongside him for two years. Anderson speaks on how passionate and amazed he was with Duncan’s work ethic each day whether it be practice or during games. He gave it his all each and every night.
Anderson reflected on when the Spurs won the NBA title in 2014 and in August Duncan was already in the gym being the first one on the floor working hard preparing for the next season going on to say, “the guy is just a worker, he is a maniac”.
Jul 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) dribbles the ball during an NBA Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors at Thomas & Mack Center. San Antonio won 63-61. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
On the floor Duncan may not have been a flashy player, at times labeled as ‘boring’, there is no denying Duncan’s work ethic, and the accolades received is what could happen when you work hard. Almost two decades of basketball with the Spurs organization, Duncan never took a day off — unless Gregg Popovich had a hand in it.
Anderson is heading into his third year with San Antonio and is coming off of summer league play where he was sent home-due to not having anything else to accomplish-to prepare for the upcoming season. With Manu Ginobili returning to the team as well, Anderson will have a veteran to look up to and stated he will take the time to learn everything and anything from him and the other vets on the team.
Last season, Anderson had stints with the Spurs and their developmental team in Austin. He has developed into a player that the Spurs can depend on late in games. He has worked countless hours on his game and it has showed.
Being able to play on a team with so much knowledge and one of the best coaches in the game has its perks on such a young player as Anderson.
Below is the audio from Anderson’s call-in interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Give it a listen.