Michael Phelps is 6’4” tall. He’s dominated several Olympic games with his tall, svelte frame. His height advantage was unnecessary in many of his races, as he crushed the competition with superior athletic ability. Were it not for one ill-fated natural disaster, I could have written those same words about 6’11” Tim Duncan, and I wouldn’t have spent the past 17 years as a San Antonio Spurs fan.
Tim Duncan grew up on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Isles. Unlike many kids today, he didn’t start playing basketball until he was a freshman in high school. Before then, he was a swimmer. And a good one too. As a young teenager, he was a member of the local swim team. He was so talented that he became the top U.S. competitor in his age group in the 400-meter freestyle. But then, the unthinkable happened. [Read more…] about How Hurricane Hugo Made Me A Spurs Fan