Duncan, Robinson share SI sportsman award
Posted: Monday December 8, 2003 2:41PM; Updated: Monday December 8, 2003 2:48PM
The 7-footers were named Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year after leading the San Antonio Spurs to their second NBA championship last season.
The special issue of the magazine will be available on newsstands Wednesday.
"It's great that they put us together," Duncan told the San Antonio Express-News for Monday's edition. "It's kind of an honor to be included in something like this with Dave. He defines sportsmanship."
Terry McDonnell, Sports Illustrated's managing editor, said the selection was based not only on their playing success, but also on the way they have carried themselves in the community.
"They could have won this simply by what they did on the court," McDonnell said. "But behind their athletic contributions, when you look at the language of what this has stood for, it's also been about character and sportsmanship."
Duncan and Robinson are only the second pair of teammates to receive the award following Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001. Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong won last year.
Duncan has twice been the NBA's regular-season and Finals MVP. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1998, and has been on the All-NBA first team in each of his six seasons and the league's All-Defensive first team for the past five years.
He started a foundation that benefits health awareness and research, education and youth sports and recreation. He donates 40 tickets to every Spurs home game to local youth programs.
Robinson, the NBA's 1995 MVP, retired last summer after a 14-year career with the Spurs. Among his other accomplishments are the two NBA titles (1999, 2003), 10 NBA All-Star game appearances, two Olympic gold medals and a spot as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players.
His foundation donated more than $9 million to found the Carver Academy, a private school in a disadvantaged inner-city neighborhood in San Antonio.