On July 11, 2016, Tim Duncan announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association. After 19 seasons in the league, Duncan departs a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He made the All-Star team 15 times, made the All-NBA team 15 times, and made the NBA All-Defensive team 15 times. During Duncan’s career-long stint with the team, the San Antonio Spurs had a regular season record of 1,072-438 (a winning percentage of .710) the best 19-year stretch in NBA history, as well as the best for any team in all four major sports over the last 19 years. Needless to say, Tim Duncan is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
But, achieving all of the above has surely left Duncan with precious little time to enjoy the simpler things in life. Like TV! You have to wonder, since Duncan has been getting after it on the court for almost two decades, is he even aware of the massive catalog of television shows available to stream? Has the phrase “binge watch” ever crossed his lips?
Luckily for Tim Duncan, we here at No Coast Bias have come up with a short, introductory list of TV shows that “The Big Fundamental” will be able to relate to and appreciate, and should consider as a part of his first ever binge watches.
Quantum Leap (Five Seasons, 97 Episodes)
Just as Tim Duncan adapted and filled any role the Spurs needed him to throughout his career, so did Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap. Whether mortician, pregnant woman, or space chimp, Beckett took on each identity and did whatever was needed of him to progress in his quest to return home. Tim Duncan has played the role of primary scorer, defensive stopper, facilitator, and even H-E-B pitchman when it was needed of him, to the tune of five championship rings. The trials of Sam Beckett (save that one time he was Lee Harvey Oswald) on Quantum Leap perfectly parallel the career arc of Tim Duncan. Honestly, they should bring back this series, if only for an episode where Sam leaps into Tim Duncan, and he has to figure out how to make it work on the court with David Robinson in order to beat the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Championship.
Terriers (One Season, 13 Episodes)
Not that Tim Duncan was under appreciated as a player (obviously he was not) but there is definitely a contingency of casual fan that undervalues how great he was, due to his “boring” style of play. Likewise, Terriers was a great show that had an awful name, got marketed terribly (Just look at this promo image) was subsequently undervalued as a television drama worth watching, and was promptly cancelled after one season of low ratings. Advertising portrayed Terriers as your run-of-the-mill buddy cop procedural featuring a dog, instead of the dog-less (seriously, not only is there no main dog character, I’m not sure a dog ever appears on the show) character-driven drama that it was. No doubt Tim Duncan could get behind an underdog (ugh) story like Terriers. Plus, even though it is unfortunate that a great show was cancelled, that means there is only one season to tear through!
Daredevil (Two Seasons, 26 Episodes)
I could tell you that Daredevil is on this list because of its great fight choreography (particularly that hallway fight long-shot from Episode 2) that mirrors Tim Duncan’s mastery of the low post but that would just be an outright lie. Tim Duncan wore a Punisher knee brace, and the second season of Daredevil has the Punisher in it, so I just figured, you know, point A to point B. Why wouldn’t he enjoy it?
Peep Show (Eight Seasons, 54 Episodes)
Everyone keeps telling me to watch this damn show, so might as well pass the recommendation along.
Mad Men (Seven Seasons, 92 Episodes)
Mad Men is the Tim Duncan of TV shows. It does not rely on flash, or shocking moments, and it probably seems really boring to people who have not taken the time to actually sit down and appreciate it. But, take a season of the show as a whole, or better yet, the entire series as a whole, and you’ll quickly come to the realization that Mad Men is good. Like, 16 Emmys, five Golden Globes, one of the greatest dramas of all-time good. Also, much like that time Tim Duncan knocked down a clutch 3-pointer against the Suns, there was that time on Mad Men where a dude’s foot got run over by a lawn mower. They both pick their spots to utterly wow us with their boldness. And let’s not forget that ensemble cast, each member of which gets their moment to shine throughout the series. There has never been a better television show suited to Tim Duncan.
Or, you know, play some Pokémon GO
Sitting on the couch for hours on end will require regular breaks, lest Tim Duncan sink into his cushions and be unable to stand up, so why not get on the latest craze? Go outside and hunt some Pokémon, Tim Duncan!