At age 37, Tim Duncan is having one of the most remarkable years of his career. He made First Team All-NBA at a stage in his career when he should be declining and he reached the NBA Finals 14 years after winning his first title.
Duncan won his first championship in 1999.
When he was hoisting the trophy, the three stars of the Miami Heat — who will probably face San Antonio in the Finals — were still pimply teenagers.
Here's what they looked like:
LeBron James was a 14-year-old going into his freshman year in high school
Dwyane Wade was a 17-year-old junior in high school. He was just 5'8" tall before a growth spurt going into his junior season
In 1998, when Duncan started his title-winning season, 14-year-old Chris Bosh was still shorter than his dad
Bosh, who grew up in Texas, said this week that he had Duncan posters hanging in his bedroom during that 1999 run.
Duncan has been a NBA role model for longer than these Heat stars have been adults. He's one of the best players ever and what he's doing in his late-30s can only be matched by Kareem and a handful of other legends.