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Decision not to play no big deal ... or is it?

Sometimes the effort to avoid attention is exactly what draws it. Tim Duncan and his decision not to play against the Virgin Islands is the latest example.

Updated: August 30, 2003, 7:54 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Sometimes the effort to avoid attention is exactly what draws it. Tim Duncan and his decision not to play against the Virgin Islands is the latest example.

Duncan let the coaching staff know less than 90 minutes before Team USA throttled his homeland 113-55 in the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament on Saturday that he would not play unless injury required him to. He still wore his uniform and warmed up as usual, leaving his teammates unaware until just before ...

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