Duncan’s Youthful Game Catches Gasol’s Eye

At 36 years old, you'd think San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan's game would be aging. During the end of the 2010 playoffs, he was described as a "traffic cone" (John Hollinger's words on Twitter).  He looked old, tired, and his game looked diminished to the point where he should retire. 

Duncan had another plans though.

He's lost plenty of weight, which has helped his aching knees, and he's made Spurs fans forget about that performance. In fact, he's having his fans think he's been playing better than he has in years and looks as youthful as when he first came into the league.

Other players have noticed, mainly Marc Gasol.

"He's a handful. He's a really good player who has a lot of different moves. He's playing really good. He knows how to adjust the game to himself and the team does a great job playing him at the right spot at the right time."

This is something that couldn't have been said of Duncan 2-3 years ago, but even elite big men are taking notice.

Tim is playing with more bounce in his step on both ends of the floor. He's no longer a "traffic cone" on defense and he's making teams have to help on defense like the Tim of old instead of old Tim. For Gasol, it's not too hard for him not to notice, especially when something like this happens.

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