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Over the years, we’ve watched many American basketball players compete in international tournaments; however, very few players like Tim Duncan have successfully made it to the top of the charts as he has done. For instance, he is not one of those players who had been dreaming of becoming an NBA pro from childhood. Instead, what he dreamed to be was a swimmer. However, a chain of national and family crises buried that dream and left him devastated. As a result, Tim managed to take basketball as a second option. It is, therefore, highly commendable that he has attained a level worth talking about in the game.
Tim Duncan’s Early Life
While Tim Duncan established himself as an accomplished professional basketball player and coach, it was in Saint Croix, U.S, Virgin Islands, that it all began. He was born to Ione Duncan and her husband, William Duncan on April 25, 1976. Tim was raised in his place of birth by his mason father and mother, who was a midwife. Although he is the only son of his parents, Tim grew up together with his two sisters – Cheryl and Tricia Duncan.
His older sister, Tricia rose to prominence after representing U.S. Virgin Islands as a swimmer at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Tim’s childhood dream was to become a successful swimmer like his elder sister. Although his parents gave him their blessings on this, his ambition crashed like a pack of cards, due to the destruction of Virgin Island’s only standard swimming pool in 1989 by Hurricane Hugo and the consequent painful death of his mother a day before his 14th birthday.
Ione Duncan lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving Tim and his sisters devastated and dejected. Hit by the painful loss and the negative effect of Hurricane Hugo, Tim lost interest in swimming and competition. He eventually ended up turning to basketball after he was inspired by his brother-in-law.
His Basketball Career
At first, adapting to basketball was very difficult for the Saint Croix-born athlete. But with the help of his huge figure and consistent training, Duncan gradually metamorphosed into a high-powered basketball player, becoming a star by his ninth grade. As time went on, Duncan began to draw the attention of renowned universities, such as the University of Delaware, Providence College, and the University of Hartford.
The Wake Forest University, in particular, developed an interest in him after he drew with NBA legend Alonzo Mourning in a 5-on-5 pick-up competition. In the long run, Duncan settled for Wake Forest Demon Deacons after the university’s basketball coach, Dave Odom, eventually believed in his rare basketball talent and self-assurance.
Tim’s stint at Wake Forest came to an end in 1997, having begun a career with the team in 1993. He officially retired from basketball in 2016 after a 19-year career with San Antonio-based basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs.
Who is Tim Duncan’s Wife Or Girlfriend?
Tim Duncan previously married Amy Duncan. The couple got married in 2001 but called it quits in 2013, following mutual cheating allegations. According to multiple reports, Amy was the first person caught in the cheating scandal as she reportedly had an affair with her trainer. As things got messier and attracted huge media coverage, she publicly accused her husband of being gay and having something with his boyfriend, who was staying in the same apartment with them even after their wedding.
Some sources claimed that Tim knew about his wife’s extramarital affairs with her trainer but decided to keep it under wraps because he never wanted Amy to find out about his relationship with his boyfriend, who he reportedly met while playing for Wake Forest basketball team.
Through their twelve years of marriage as husband and wife, the 14-time NBA All-Star and his ex-wife, Amy share two children – Sydney Duncan and Draven Duncan. After his marriage to Amy ended, Tim is now in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Macias, with whom he welcomed his third child, Quill Duncan. The retired basketball player reportedly named his daughter (born in March 2017), after Marvel Comics’ superhero character, Peter Quill.
Born to Gloria Macias and Joe Macias on August 4, 1980, in San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa is a popular American media personality. She is best known as the host of The Amazing Race TV show. Quill Duncan is her first child, as she has never been married to any man, unlike her hunky baby daddy.