We're convinced that, quiet as kept, Tim Duncan is one of the funniest dudes in the NBA. The other day, we found out about how he was "very offended" when Stephen Jackson didn't ask him to appear on his new rap album. And now, one of Duncan's former Spurs teammates Brent Barry just got done telling an amazing story to Buzzfeed about the time TD offered him $100 to kiss David Stern during the Spurs championship ring ceremony in 2005. We'll let BB tell it.
"At the start of the 2006 season, David Stern made his third trip to south Texas to award the 2005 championship rings to our team that defeated the Pistons in seven games the previous June," Barry explains. "I remember getting a flood of memories standing with my teammates as the lights went out and we prepared to get our rings. The emotions, the excitement, the adrenaline, the nervousness of all of last year's playoff run to the title were all rolled up into the feelings I had during that moment when the lights dimmed. And then, it was a different recognition; one of all the hard work we each had put into achieving such a thing. That was the satisfaction."
"As I basked in that satisfaction," he continues, "I stood next to Tim Duncan. I said something like, 'Well, that was fun last year, we should try to do this again!' He giggled his goofy giggle. And then, I asked him how much he would give me if I kissed David Stern upon getting my ring. He offered a sum, I considered it and waited for my name to be called. As I approached the Commish, I felt like I couldn't let my captain down. So, after a quick, 'Congratulations, Brent,' from David, I hugged him and planted one on his right cheek. To this day, I swear he and grandma had the same skin. As I moved slowly away from the spotlight as it found the next player, I casually glanced over to Tim and, wiping my tongue with my fingertips as if something flakey remained from my time with Mr. Stern, I mouthed the words, 'You owe me a hundred bucks!'"
Great story, Brent. And, a clear indication that, beneath his boring, dull, seemingly lifeless shell, Tim Duncan does have a pretty awesome personality. Now if only he'd show it off a little bit more for the rest of us.