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“I’m like, ‘Ha ha, funny Island Boy. You’re not gonna fool the landlocked white kid into thinking I’ve got to pee on my own foot to make it not hurt,’ ” Blucas said. “Tim’s like, ‘I’m not kidding you. It hurts like hell. I’ve done it. The acid and PH of the urine will actually cut the pain. Pee on it.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t have to pee.’ And he looks at me with this big grin on his face, and he says, ‘Well, I do.’”
Blucas bursts into laughter telling the story.
“I’m like, ‘Go f— yourself. You are not pissing on me. Now, I know this is bull—-,’ ” he said. “Of course, it wasn’t. I did end up peeing on my foot and it felt much better. But it’s such a similar thing to Lonnie’s story. It’s about not taking yourself too seriously. It’s having a sense of humor. It’s this great balance of, ‘We’re gonna work our asses off, and that’s what’s expected of everybody. So, let’s have a good time doing it. Let’s really be friends.’
“That’s so much of who Tim, Pop, that whole group of guys are, and I think a big part of it was by design. You draft around your superstar and their leadership qualities. The Spurs draft guys that would get motivated to see the quote, unquote superstar get yelled at by Pop, or see him down on the floor cleaning up someone else’s vomit and think, ‘I better carry my weight because he’s doing way more than he should.’”
LEADERSHIP THROUGH SELFLESSNESS: In Duncan’s 19 seasons as a player and one as an assistant on the Spurs staff, Buford said nobody in the organization can remember a single instance he was late.
That’s just one of several displays of professionalism over the years from Duncan that set a standard for the rest of the franchise to follow.
The Spurs saw other examples before even drafting him.
Remember, Duncan stayed at Wake Forest all four years, despite Buford’s belief he would’ve been the first overall pick as a sophomore, maybe even as a freshman. Duncan finished school at Wake Forest because he promised his mother he’d graduate. Plus, Duncan wanted to be there for his teammates and live out the whole college experience.