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

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ What happens when your training parter is 7ft tall ??😵 #martialarts #kickboxing #echolsfitness #training #timduncan #goat #SanAntonio pic.twitter.com/5cQUj0r0V5— Jason Echols (@EcholsFitness) July 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhile 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. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Knights shoot for third victory versus Blazerslast_img

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