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Copyright 1997 San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio Express-News (Texas)
May 21, 1997, Wednesday , ALAMO
SECTION: SPORTS; Pg. 1, Part D
LENGTH: 490 words
HEADLINE: Mom's passing the source of Duncan's drive
BYLINE: Kevin O'Keeffe
BODY: "Good, better, best, never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best." - the late Delysia Duncan
, to her children, Cheryl, Tricia and Tim, on more than one occasion Those words from Delysia Duncan
were a driving force for her youngest child with regard to his competitive swimming, as well as his education.
Tim Duncan, the former Wake Forest star who will be the top pick in the NBA draft by the Spurs next month, got his drive and competitive fire from his mother.
But she never saw her son play basketball.
Swimming was Duncan's athletic pursuit as a youth. Ditto for his sister, Tricia, who did the backstroke for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Duncan, who was an age-group champion in the 400-meter freestyle, planned to compete in the '92 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, for the Virgin Islands.
But Hurricane Hugo intervened, destroying the pool where he worked out in St. Croix.
Duncan enjoyed the solitude of that pool. He liked competing against the stopwatch.
It was swimming, he said, that bolstered his confidence.
"That (swimming) is an individual sport has to build your confidence," Duncan said. "You don't have anyone else to rely on. You have to do it yourself, so you have to believe in yourself."
After Hugo blew through in '89, Duncan was forced to work out in the ocean.
That didn't have the same appeal, even with mom's push. Duncan never again swam competitively that year.
As it turns out, that decision was due only in part to Hugo.
The following spring, the day before his 14th birthday in April 1990, came the real reason Duncan stopped swimming.
He lost his push. Delysia Duncan
died after a bout with breast cancer.
Understandably, her death had an incredible impact on him. He watched her suffer through the disease.
Delysia Duncan's passing expedited his growing up.
Cooperative, although hardly chatty and desiring media attention, Duncan made the subject of his mother's death off- limits through his first three years at Wake Forest.
Duncan likes to erect little walls to guard his privacy.
This season, though, Duncan opened up on that subject, talking about what she meant to him.
"His mom's death left a scar," said Deborah Best, chairman of the Wake Forest psychology department and Duncan's academic adviser.
"He talked to me about watching her die," Best told USA Today. "I think a lot of his independence today came out of losing his mom at such an early age."
Duncan said his mom gave him direction and was his biggest fan. He said he tuned out most people after his mom's death.
"No one replaces your mom," Duncan said.
Not even your dad.
William Duncan's easy-going nature seems to have rubbed off on his son, whose demeanor is one of his best traits.
Still, Delysia was Tim's motivation.
And continues to be.
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Copyright 1999 Daily News, L.P.
Daily News (New York)
June 17, 1999, Thursday
SECTION: Sports; Pg. 94
LENGTH: 600 words
HEADLINE: STAY-AT-HOME DAD DIDN'T THINK TIM WOULD BE IN FINALS
BYLINE: By WAYNE COFFEY
CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix It is four hours before tipoff of the NBA Finals, and William Duncan is nowhere to be found in the Alamodome. He is, instead, right here, a three-point shot from the Caribbean Sea, pouring sugar into an iced tea, watching a catamaran float by, secretly admitting that he did not think his son would still be in season now.
William Duncan smiles beneath a black San Antonio Spurs hat. A soft wind blows off the turquoise water. Duncan was in San Antonio for the Western Conference finals, but had long since booked his trip home.
"Between (Shaquille) O'Neal and (Karl) Malone, I thought Tim wouldn't stand a chance," William Duncan said before his son would score 33 points in the Spurs' 89-77 victory in Game 1. "I'm surprised my little boy is up there making the big-time plays."
The youngest of William Duncan's six children, the little boy has grown into a 7-0, 248-pound package of low-post polish not only the single most dangerous force the Knicks have to contend with in the series, but the premier player in the game. William Duncan, 68, is as proud as he can be about that, but is not inclined to get carried away with it publicly, emotional restraint running in the family.
"Tim doesn't have any kind of attitude, and isn't the type to get overjoyed with himself," his father says. "He just tries to relax and take the next step."
About 175 of Tim Duncan's closest friends and fans chartered a flight to San Antonio to be at Game 1 last night, departing in the wee hours yesterday morning. At 4 a.m., in a misty rain, 400 more people showed up to send them off. Stanley and the 10 Sleepless Knights, perhaps the most popular band on St. Croix, filled the terminal with calypso music before getting on board. People waved flags, sang songs, an impromptu West Indian fiesta.
"It was all because Tim Duncan is the person he is, not because of the player he is," says Pamela Richards, a local tourism executive and founding member of the Tim Duncan Virgin Islands Fan Club. "He's so humble about everything, it makes it seem as if it's happening to one of us." She talked about how reluctantly Duncan accepted the news that a school gymnasium was being named in his honor.
"We had to really convince him to go along with it," Richards says.
Humility, respect, the importance of doing your best all were lessons Duncan learned growing up. William Duncan says he and Tim would talk often about such things all the time, especially when they were in the car together.
Another major family theme was the importance of keeping your word. Duncan has been widely hailed for being among the few to resist the call of the NBA millions and finish his schooling. Tim was doing nothing more than living up to a promise he had made to his mother. Delysia Duncan
died nine years ago, on Tim's 14th birthday, April 25, 1990. She had been extraordinarily close to her youngest son, and the No. 1 supporter of his then-sport of choice, swimming. He seemingly was headed for world-class status before Hurricane Hugo destroyed his pool in 1989. After his mother died, he never swam competitively again.
Duncan's path to NBA glory has been well-chronicled by now, as sweet as it is improbable. As he eagerly awaited the start of the Finals, William Duncan looked toward the sea, his eyes moistening as he spoke of the only aspect of the story that isn't sweet at all. He paused and took one more sip of tea.
"I can't stop thinking, 'What would it be like for his mother to see him now?' " Duncan said. "Can you (imagine) the beauty of that?"
Copyright 2002 San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio Express-News (Texas)
May 1, 2002, Wednesday , METRO
SECTION: A SECTION; Pg. 6A
LENGTH: 448 words
HEADLINE: Star's dad stood tall in St. Croix ; Friends rememberhis quiet strength
BYLINE: John Gutierrez-Mier
BODY: William Therofield Duncan was well known throughout St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands even before his son Tim Duncan led the San Antonio Spurs to their first world championship in 1999.
"He was a very quiet man, a good father, good neighbor, and someone you could talk to," said Sarah Harvey, a longtime family friend who lived next door to Duncan for numerous years.
Duncan, 71, died Monday of cancer at the Winston-Salem, N.C., home of his daughter Tricia Duncan McKoy.
Born on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, he had lived since 1958 in St. Croix, where he was a pest-control business manager, a mason and handyman, among other jobs.
At one point he also sold fabric from his truck.
A father of six children, Duncan was especially proud of all of his children's many achievements, said longtime friend Wallace Williams, head librarian of the Florence Williams Public Library in Christiansted, where Duncan lived.
"He was very easygoing as well as very focused and disciplined," Williams said. "He always wanted the best for his children and provided for them and gave them all that they needed."
Williams and Harvey agreed that even as Tim Duncan's stature grew in the NBA, his father's easygoing manner never changed.
"To us he's just Timmy," Williams said. "As a father, he was always concerned about him. He was very proud of Tim and very protective. He wanted to make sure he had the right shoe size so he wouldn't get hurt. Sometimes we couldn't get all of the Spurs games televised here, so he'd come over to the library and we'd listen to it on the Internet. If he couldn't come over, he'd call me the next day and ask me what the score was. He will be missed."
Harvey said Tim always turned to his father for advice.
"He always wanted the best for his children," Harvey said. "Everyone more or less knew of (William Duncan) even before Tim became famous. I didn't expect him to change, and he never did." Duncan was preceded in death by his wife, Delysia Bryan Duncan.
Besides Tim Duncan and McCoy, Duncan is survived by daughter Cheryl Lowery of Winston-Salem, N.C.; three sons, William Duncan of Antigua, John Duncan of Tucson, Ariz., and Scott Duncan of Iowa City, Iowa; three sisters; Mary Liza Webster, Iris Webster and Merle Lake, all of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and two brothers, Austin Duncan of St. Thomas and George Duncan of St. Croix.
A memorial service will be conducted Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Christiansted, St. Croix. [email protected]
Vincent Moore, a staff writer at the Virgin Island Daily News, contributed to this report.
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