NBAObama Wanted Tim Duncan to Come to the Olympics with Him, Duncan Said No Thanks
The Big Fundamental has some balls turning down an invitation from the President of the United States.
Tim Duncan has always been a quiet guy. Never one to court the limelight, he retired at the conclusion of this most recent NBA season having not had the traditional "farewell tour" season that so many other superstars have had. (cough Kobe. cough) So considering his desire for peace and quiet, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise when he passes up very public opportunities, even if they are incredibly cool. Take for instance this story that comes from Duncan's former teammate Bruce Bowen in Sports Illustrated.
Apparently Tim got a very exclusive invitation recently. The Spurs legend was invited to fly down to the Rio Olympics alongside none other than the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama. What an honor. Nobody could pass that up, right? Wrong. Duncan's response was a hearty: "nah."
Duncan’s former teammate Bruce Bowen, who is in Rio for the 2016
Olympics with NBA House, told SI.com Duncan had a chance to make the
trip as well. Known for his calm demeanor and general shunning of
anything flashy, Duncan wasn’t too keen on the idea of flying down to
Brazil, not even after President Barack Obama offered a personal
“It’s not often you find individuals like that. And it’s funny that he
was offered an opportunity to fly here with the President of the
United States, and he discussed it with me and I’m like, ‘You’re
going, right?’ He was like, ‘You know I’m not about that stuff.’ Even
that moment where you’d say, ‘I sure would like to be a part of that,’
it doesn’t happen with Tim because he’s not concerned with that
You have to be pretty cool to be able to say you're "not about that stuff" when "that stuff" is a trip on Air Force One with Barack Obama. That's cold, Timmy. That's cold.