Retired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionally

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans But despite his client’s combat prowess, Echols believes Duncan must keep doing MMA as a hobby rather than  fight professionally one day.“I would highly encourage him not to (fight). Being a retired Spurs player, I wouldn’t want him going out there and getting punched and kicked by some of those guys, but Tim would be a competitor,” he told the news outlet.Furthermore, Echols revealed that another legendary Spurs player, David Robinson, trained with them as well. He also hinted on a possible clip of the two behemoths going at it during sparring.“Maybe the public will see (that) in the coming days,” Echols said. “You never know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon afterSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA: Knights shoot for third victory versus Blazers Social media was ablaze as the lanky Duncan, once utilized to terrorize opposing defenses, is now being used to throw punch-and-kick combinations.“What happens when your training partner is 7ft tall ??” Echols captioned the post.Speaking to Bleacher Report, Echols said Duncan’s sheer size and natural athletic ability would be a handful to today’s professional fighters.“(Duncan) would be a legit competitor, for sure,” he said. “He has a desire to learn and compete. He has the heart for it. He most definitely would be a competitor.The veteran MMA coach also revealed he once tore his bicep during a session with the hulking athlete.ADVERTISEMENT Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketscenter_img What happens when your training parter is 7ft tall ??😵 #martialarts #kickboxing #echolsfitness #training #timduncan #goat #SanAntonio— Jason Echols (@EcholsFitness) July 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tim Duncan’s career as arguably one of the best forwards to ever play in the NBA may have already come to a close, but his venture into other athletic fields continues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While showing up in the San Antonio Spurs’ facilities and practicing with his former team from time to time, the retired basketball legend has found a new calling as he trains in mixed martial arts (MMA).His trainer, Jason Echols, recently posted a video of the now 41-year-old Duncan in action during a light kick-boxing session.last_img read more

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first_imgPeter Crouch’s goal against his former club left struggling QPR staring at another defeat.They were were behind after Mame Biram Diouf’s close-range header and had lost Joey Barton after he appeared to aggravate a hamstring problem when Charlie Adam sliced the ball into his own net three minutes before the break.But Stoke regained the lead when Crouch fired home early in the second half.Stoke manager Mark Hughes was given a predictably hostile reception from the home supporters because of his ill-fated spell as Rangers boss.The Welshman is faring much better at Stoke, however, and they went ahead in the 11th minute.Mauricio Isla’s hesitation enabled Victor Moses to cross from the left and Crouch climbed above Rio Ferdinand to nod the ball down and give Diouf a simple finish.Moses then had a low shot saved by Rob Green as the visitors continued to have the upper hand.And Crouch missed a great chance when he shot wide after being teed up by Moses.Barton went off in the 33rd minute having started the game after coming through a fitness test and although Niko Kranjcar went close from 30 yards, Rangers were struggling before their good fortune led to an equaliser.Steven Caulker met Jordon Mutch’s corner with a firm header and as Crouch and Adam both attempted to clear off the line, the Scot was left red-faced.But Stoke hit back six minutes after the break. Again Moses was the provider – and again Isla was at fault.The Chilean lost possession deep in his own half and then allowed Moses to deliver a cross towards Crouch, who thumped past keeper Green.Another error by Isla then presented Erik Pieters with a chance but he failed to take advantage and Rangers had another let-off when Steven N’Zonzi fired wide after being set up by Adam. QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore: Barton (Phillips 33); Mutch (Henry 50), Fer, Kranjcar; Vargas (Zamora 70), Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Onuoha, Dunne, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more