Tim Duncan (born 1976) is a Virgin Islander American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'11" (2.11 m), 260-pound (118 kg) power forward/center is a four-time NBA champion, a three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, and the current captain of the Spurs. He has also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice, and has been voted into 11 NBA All-Star Games, 11 All-NBA Teams, and 11 All-Defensive Teams. Duncan graduated from college before entering the 1997 NBA Draft as the number one pick, and his list of accomplishments and leadership in the Spurs' NBA title runs in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007 have led basketball experts to consider him to be one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. Off the court, Duncan is known for his quiet and unassuming ways, as well as his active philanthropy. He holds an honors degree in psychology and created the Tim Duncan Foundation to raise general health awareness and fund education and youth sports in various parts of the United States.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Domnitor Alexander John Cuza merged his two principalities, Wallachia and Moldavia, to form the United Principalities (now Romania).
Leopold II of Belgium established the Congo Free State as his personal possession in Africa through his organization Association Internationale Africaine and his private army, the Force Publique.
Hourly Greenwich Time Signals from the Royal Greenwich Observatory were first broadcast by the BBC.
A hydrogen bomb now known as the Tybee Bomb disappeared off the shores of Tybee Island, Georgia after it was jettisoned during a practice exercise when the bomber carrying it collided in midair with a fighter plane.
The Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front captured Gonaïves, Haiti, starting the 2004 Haitian rebellion against the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To be overprotective and indulgent toward; to pamper
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Let's talk sense to the American people. Let's tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you're attacked, but a long, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man — war, poverty, and tyranny — and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each. --Adlai Stevenson