Due to the pandemic, San Antonio Spurs franchise cornerstone Tim Duncan’s Hall of Fame induction has been postponed to May of 2021.
As one of the many ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak, San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan needs to wait just a bit longer to make his Hall of Fame debut. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that the star-studded 2020 class will have its Enshrinement Ceremony postponed to May of 2021. This means Duncan has to wait another year to join his contemporaries, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant in a historic class.
Reports indicate that the Hall of Fame hoped to find a date in October if the pandemic subsided but obviously, that’s not the case. Therefore, the committee decided it would be safer to push to the middle of 2021.
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Duncan is without a doubt a top-10 player of all-time and the greatest to ever play his position. With five championships, two MVPs and a playoff streak to match, Duncan is the epitome of a franchise player. Even now that he’s retired, Timmy has been a wonderful leader for the next generation of Spurs. After spending two seasons practicing with the team and helping with player development, Duncan took a role as an assistant on the Spurs’ bench this season.
Spurs fans want to see Duncan make that Hall of Fame speech as badly as he probably doesn’t want to get on a stage in front of that many people. He’s never been the most outspoken guy, but he commands attention, respect and admiration from the basketball community at large.
It’s just a shame that Kobe won’t be there to join him as the two players that truly represent the first 15 years of this millennium in the NBA. Garnett fits the bill as well, but he didn’t reach the peaks of success that Bryant and Duncan did as the leaders of their respective teams.
Watching the culmination of Duncan’s efforts transpire in 2021 will be a treat for Spurs fans.