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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Writer's Life 7/11 - Role Model

NBA future Hall of Fame Center Tim Duncan, 40, has announced his retirement after 19 seasons -- all with the San Antonio Spurs. Born in the Virgin Islands, he played collegiately at Wake Forest, where he stayed all four years, earning All-America honors and a degree in Psychology. His pro career is legend. He averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and three assists per game. He was a member of five championship teams. Only Kobe Bryant played more games with a single franchise, 20 with the Lakers. John Stickton also played 19 with the Utah Jazz. The Spurs winning percentage in all of Duncan's 19 seasons was .600 or better. He is one of three players, along with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, to have won Rookie of the Year, league MVP, finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP. He ranks second to Derek Fisher in post season wins, 157. He finished 14th all-time in points, sixth in rebounds, fifth in blocks, one of only four in the Top 15 in all three categories, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O'Neal. He is one of three players to amass 1000 wins, along with Kareem and Robert Parish. He is the only player to have been a member of a championship team in three different decades. And by all accounts he is a solid citizen. I don't recall him ever being in trouble. I do remember him addressing those who interviewed him as "Sir." Kudos.

The floating book shop and yours truly got a much needed shot in the arm today. Business has been very slow overall, and I hadn't sold one of my own books since June 24th. Along came Francine, who purchased A Hitch in Twilight. My thanks, madam, and to Conspiracy Guy, aka Steve, who bought Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and a little booklet titled Random Acts of Kindness, and to the eagle-eyed young man who spotted Bram Stoker's Dracula as I was packing up. I also had visits from Bad News Billy, who is having car trouble, and Tall Bob, to whom I gave five more home made music compilations on cassette. They're just gathering dust in my apartment. One rack is completely empty, which means I've given him a total of 35. On a fixed disability income, he is still using a VCR as well. I'm not sure he appreciates my eclectic taste, but I know he'll find a lot of songs he likes in the collection -- and very few duplicates. Life looks a heck of a lot brighter today.
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