After he was informed of his selection, Duncan learned as much as he could about Twyman and Stokes and their special relationship as teammates, leaning on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Stokes, a three-time All-NBA selection, was left paralyzed after suffering a head injury in 1958. Twyman, a six-time All-Star, took care of Stokes after the injury, eventually adopting him so he could legally provide for his care. “I’ve done my research,” Duncan said. “I’ve spoken to a number of coaches and Pop was great at giving me the history of the teammates and what the award really means and that makes it even more special.”
Mike Monroe: #Spurs Tim Duncan, on winning Twyman-Stokes Award as best NBA teammate: I was really stoked when I heard; it’s truly an honor. I know how to be the way I am because of people I was able to be teammates with and be around.”
NBA players have selected the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan as the recipient of the 2014-15 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.
Becky Hammon has had quite the summer. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich entrusted NBA Summer League head coaching duties on Hammon, making her the first female head coach in NBA Summer League history. If the story were to end there it’d still be one of the most significant storylines of the year. But Hammon and the Spurs weren’t satisfied with just an appearance in Summer League. No, they wanted to take home the championship. And they did. Hammon guided the Spurs to the Summer League title in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Since then Hammon has rightly received much laud. On Sunday, she was recognized once again for her contributions – this time on the court. The New York Liberty inducted Hammon into their Ring of Honor, a recognition bestowed on players “who have made the most significant contributions to the Liberty’s tradition of excellence and to the growth of the WNBA.”
Okafor won’t lack confidence. He expects a lot from a Sixers team coming off an 18-64 season. He knows the expectations will again be low, but he doesn’t care. “Everybody knows we have expectations, and the fans have expectations, and that is all that matters,” he said. Okafor will be a trendy choice for rookie of the year because he is expected to play major minutes. “It’s definitely a possible goal,” he said about earning the award. “Definitely.”