If you thought the tall, handsome man with the beautiful woman and two cute kids that you saw on St. Croix over the weekend looked familiar, you’re probably right.
San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan was home on St. Croix over the weekend, vacationing with girlfriend Vanessa Macias and Duncan’s two children, daughter Sydney and son Draven.
The group dined twice at Harvey’s Restaurant in Christiansted, visited his childhood home in Catherine’s Rest and also visited Buck Island.
Richie Harvey, who works in the family restaurant in Christiansted and grew up with Duncan, said the 6-foot-11 NBA superstar showed up unannounced on Saturday afternoon wandering down the downtown streets like many other non-iconic basketball players have before.
"He’s still the same," said restaurant owner Sarah Harvey, who lived next door to Duncan as he grew up on the island. "He said he’d try to be back more often. He looks good."
Duncan ate fish and fungi, along with chicken and potato salad on Saturday afternoon for lunch. On Monday before leaving the island, Duncan had salmon balls, chicken and oxtail - “All the local food,” Sarah Harvey said.
Harvey said Duncan stayed at a condominium on the island’s east end.
Duncan led the Spurs to their fifth NBA title in June, cementing his already legendary status among the game’s greats.
Shortly after winning the title, the 38-year-old forward said he would exercise his $10 million player option for next season, and return to San Antonio.
Duncan is a 1993 graduate of St. Dunstan’s School, and then left St. Croix to become a superstar at Wake Forest. He was drafted No. 1 by the Spurs in 1997 and has starred 17 seasons in San Antonio.
Macias, a former television personality and “The Amazing Race” contestant who was given lots of TV time during the Spurs playoff run, came along for this trip.
She even offered a hint on social media over the weekend that she might be around St. Croix, tweeting about Duncan’s best friend Rashidi Clenance, who confirmed Monday that Duncan was on the island, but had left already by Monday afternoon.
"Everyone follow Tim’s best friend, @SunDaddy12 because he laughs at all my jokes," Macias tweeted Sunday night about Clenance.
Duncan has given back to St. Croix in many instances throughout his career, financing a high school gym, park repairs, an annual high school all-star game and other endeavors through the Tim Duncan Foundation.
From 2002 until 2004, Duncan made yearly trips back home each July to run a basketball clinic. In 2005, Duncan and the Spurs had training camp at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas.
His trips home since then have been not as regular.
And as Harvey said, it’s nice to have the Virgin Islands icon around in the flesh.
"He just went home to his childhood home," Harvey said. "And there’s no place like home."
Yet again another “super team” the Spurs will dismantle this upcoming season. I’m looking at you, Cleveland.
Happy Birthday to my favorite Argentianian.
Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan — San Antonio Spurs
Alley- whoops? LOL
Anybody else watching this Spurs vs Wizards Summer League game? To double OT we go! If the Spurs win they head to the semifinals!
Could one make argument for the Spurs being nominated for Best Comeback and win it? What’s a better story than losing in the finals in such a devastating way, then a year later, grabbing the league’s best record, dominate through the playoffs and winning the championship from the same team that took it away the previous year? What’s a better comeback than that? NOTHING.