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Conclusion: Fact, (Un)Fortunately
From BuzzFeed comes the soon-to-be-legendary story of how the big smooch went down, as told by Brent Barry:
At the start of the 2006 season David Stern made his third trip to south Texas to award the 2005 championship rings to our team that defeated the Pistons in seven games the previous June.
As I basked in that satisfaction I stood next to Tim Duncan. I said something like "Well that was fun last year, we should try to do this again!" He giggled his goofy giggle. And then I asked him how much he would give me if I kissed David Stern upon getting my ring.
He offered a sum, I considered it and waited for my name to be called. As I approached the Commish I felt like I couldn't let my captain down. So after a quick "Congratulations Brent" from David I hugged him and planted one right on his cheek. To this day, I swear he and grandma have the same skin.
As I moved slowly from the spotlight as it found the next player, I casually glanced over to Tim and, wiping my tongue with my finger tips as if something flakey remained from my time with Mr. Stern, I mouthed the words: "You owe me a hundred bucks!"
I swear I heard him laugh all the way over to where I stood on the court.
Don't you wish stories like this came out more often?
Tim Duncan, when his Hall of Fame career eventually winds down, may have a future as a consultant on Match.com.