NBA and San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan grew up on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands but it wasn’t until later in life that his basketball prowess developed. Duncan was a swimmer first. Richie Harvey, a childhood neighbor and manager of Harvey’s Restaurant in Christiansted shares that because of his water roots, Duncan enjoyed fish.
Harvey’s Restaurant has newspaper articles and photos of Tim Duncan hanging on the walls inside as well as murals of the Virgin Islands star painted outside. It is for good reason, as Tim Duncan is a household name for even the most casual of sports fans.
Duncan was the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 1998, and has four NBA championships. Duncan was also named NBA MVP in 2002 and 2003. This weekend the Spurs, who have clinched the top overall seed for this year’s NBA playoffs, will begin their quest for another NBA championship
On St. Croix, fish is often paired with funji, a polenta-like dish that is cornmeal and okra mixed together. The consistency helps pick fish right off the bone during a meal. Funji is a staple on the menu at Harvey’s restaurant, and even though it was not necessarily one of Duncan’s favorites, Mrs. Harvey refers to him as the “Fish and Funji Boy.”
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