Following Kobe Bryant’s retirement at the end of last season, the NBA lost another living legend today when Tim Duncan officially announced he was calling him. The Big Fundamental has had a career in the field that rivals some of the greatest of all time, including Kobe, but unlike the Black Mamba, most of us won’t remember him for the sneakers he has worn throughout his career. Having spent most of his nineteen years on the pitch with the San Antonio Spurs in adidas, his sneakers were more often than not a pretty accurate representation of his game: very effective with great performance, but not flashy, or even flashy. memorable at all. No offense to adidas, can you even recite the name of a of his signature models at Les Trois Rayures?
However, that was not the case at the start of Timmy’s career, when he endorsed Nike Basketball and wore some of their most daring styles from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Tim Duncan, let’s take a look at his most striking sneakers in this brief history of his time at Nike.
Rookie season – 1997-98
Tim Duncan wasted no time in becoming an elite NBA forward, teaming up with David Robinson to become the Spurs’ “Twin Towers” and win a trip to the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in his career. rookie season. Early in his career, Duncan could be seen wearing Nike models like the Foamposite Pro and the Air Max Uptempo 3.0.
Nike Total Air Foamposite Max
Without a doubt, Tim Duncan’s most memorable shoe worn during his days with Nike is the Nike Total Air Foamposite Max. An unofficial signature model, the tall and beefy tank-like model featured a Foamposite upper and full-length Air Max padding. Duncan made his Total Foams debut in the 1998 playoffs, then wore them for most of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.
The end of that lockout season culminated in a championship for Spurs, with Tim Duncan only getting a ring in his second season. Timmy’s footwear for the championship run was the underrated and unfairly forgotten Nike Vis Zoom Uptempo, the first Nike basketball shoe to feature a visible Zoom Air. Duncan wore a PE colourway in white and black.
Nike Air Flight Site
The Nike Air Flightposite would be the next shoe in Duncan’s rotation, which he wore for much of the 1999-2000 season. Now considered one of the most classic Nike basketball models of the turn of the century, the Flightposite was well represented by Tim in the season where he would increasingly become Spurs’ most valuable player as David Robinson was entering the twilight of his career. Duncan was among the players to get his own PE of the Flightposite, which featured a pearly white Foamposite shell, black accents, and his # 21 embroidered on each tongue.
Nike Air Max Duncan
Ironically, the most unusual and wild sneaker The Big Fundamental would wear throughout their career would be their first signature shoe, the Nike Air Max Duncan. Released in 2000, the Alpha Project shoe utilized Nike’s short-lived Elastic Foot Web technology, which is memorably found on the Nike Air Kukini running shoe. The bold slip-on design also featured Air Max in the heel and Air Visible in the forefoot. Duncan wore his signature model throughout the 2000-01 season. The following season, he will wear the Air Max Duncan II, one of Nike’s most obscure and forgotten basketball shoes of all time. In 2003, he switched to adidas, the brand he will wear throughout his rich and decorated career.
Watch two of Tim Duncan’s Nike commercials here, showing him helping the team defend Kevin Garnett above and his âPlaya’s Delightâ spot below.