Many Spurs fans know Tim Duncan for his game on the basketball court, but what many people don’t know about Duncan are his geeky tendencies and nerdy games off the court. Don’t get me wrong, Tim Duncan is an amazing basketball player, but who would have thought he’d be into the fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons? Which brings me to my first point of discussion.
1. He plays D&D.
According to the “Biggest Geeks in Sports
” article by Amber Lee, “There may be no better defining geek activity than the notoriously nerdy fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.” Duncan, an avid gamer, hasn’t admitted which class he prefers, but I can only assume wizard because of his tattoo.
2. He has a Merlin tattoo.
If you haven’t already heard, Duncan sports a pretty geeky Merlin tattoo on his chest. Sorry, Duncan, doesn’t get much geekier than that. He also sports a skeleton jester on his right shoulder.
3. He collects swords and knives.
Duncan also enjoys collecting swords and knives
. He owns several valuable old knives, as well as an authentic Japanese samurai sword. This probably complements his enjoyment of renaissance festivals really well!
4. He attends Renaissance fairs.
That’s right. Tim Duncan frequents renaissance fairs
. So all you Texas RenFest fans keep your eyes peeled this fall for 6’11" Tim Duncan wandering the grounds.
5. He has geeky nicknames.
If everything else wasn’t enough to convince you, Tim Duncan was nicknamed “Mr. Spock” in college
, but this name hasn’t lived long or prospered because now Duncan prefers to be called Merlin (hence the tattoo). It’s very rare to find a geeky athlete thriving in professional sports, but Tim Duncan surprised me with his love for video games, collecting swords and knives and attending renaissance fairs. There’s absolutely no question as to the geek status of Spurs player Tim Duncan, but who cares, he’s freaking Tim Duncan and he can do this: