Tim Duncan has felt LeBron’s pain

VIDEO: Duncan talks Game 1, LeBron’s pain

SAN ANTONIO — The Twitterverse and every other corner of social media might have been making light of the fact that LeBron James had to leave Game 1 of The Finals due to cramps.

But not the Spurs’ 38-year-old Tim Duncan, who has had his own similar experience in the past.

“Yeah, Game 7 against Dallas (in 2006), where I was cramping up the entire, well, the fourth and overtime,” Duncan said on Friday. “Ever since then I’ve just stayed more hydrated than usually, just tried to attack it before it gets to that point. And luckily I’ve had a couple of times where I’ve cramped up since then, but for the most part I’ve been able to stay away from it.”

It was the conference semifinals against the Mavericks and the Spurs were the defending champions at the time. They had fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force Game 7 and Duncan was spectacular. Despite battling cramps, he scored 41 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out six assists, but the Spurs still lost 119-111 to Dallas in overtime.

Duncan says those in the general public who were wondering why James didn’t simply tough it out Thursday night and help get his team to the finish line just don’t understand that for an athlete in that situation, it is far more than waking up in the middle of the night with charley horse in your leg.

“There is no shaking it off,” he said. “Your body is shutting down and you’re unable to move. Whatever is cramping, you’re unable to get away from that. It’s easy to say to shake it off, but once it’s gotten to that point it’s hard to reverse in a short period of time.”


  1. Celtics fan says:

    Cramping happens to all of us. I run half marathons regularly, and no matter how hard I prepare in terms of training, diet and taking in bananas and liquid before and during races, I regularly cramp up at the 90% mark unless I pull back from my regular speed. When it does happen, I can try to stretch it out but the motion is limited, and the worst cases leave me barely able to walk, never mind run. It’s genetic because i simply sweat more than most people even when I’m just walking down the street.

    So I can understand how difficult it would have been for LBJ to compete against top athletes running up and down a basketball court. Do I feel bad for him. Not really because conditioning which is genetically influenced is just part of sports competition. The same genetics that allow LBJ to run and jump like most people can’t, which has allowed him to compete at the highest level and to make hundreds of millions of dollars, might be tied to his greater than average perspiration.

    At least the AC has been repaired, and LBJ will not be competing in the old Boston Garden for the rest of the series.

  2. Kris(# 1 dwade fan) says:

    Lebron hopefully will be ok by sunday, cramps arnt a joke there just not a way one can possibly play through a bad 1 tim duncan knows the feeling, and all the criticism is stupid #even_the_king_is_human

  3. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Gotta love Timmy!

  4. tdot2016 says:

    tell it like it is Duncan! real heads know

  5. 37yrfan says:

    Man….that has Got to hurt bad……….hope he’s 100% by Sunday…..