Of course it was unfair. Everyone knew it, even back then.
Still, scouts couldn’t help noticing how an 18-year-old prodigy bore an uncanny resemblance in fundamentals and footwork to someone they had seen before, and they started whispering comparisons. Later, the kid’s first NBA coach acknowledged that, yes, he saw the similarities, too.
And before long, one of the game’s most well-known analysts felt comfortable enough with what he had seen from Anthony Davis to lay it all out there.
“This guy could be Tim Duncan,” ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy said two years ago.
That hasn’t happened yet, and probably never will. After all, few ever referred to Duncan’s magnificent career as “twice in a lifetime.”
But as Davis finally gets a twin tower of his own, it is worth remembering the importance of timing and circumstances, and how they could not have worked better for the man who recently had his jersey retired.
Go to ExpressNews.com to read more about the similarities between Duncan and Davis, and why it will be so difficult for the Pelicans' star to live up to that sort of hype.
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