Tim Duncan looking for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts

SAN ANTONIO — Retired San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan penned an impassioned plea Friday in the Players’ Tribune for donations toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and by Saturday he’d reached more than half of his $1 million goal.

One of just four players from the U.S. Virgin Islands to have ever appeared in an NBA game, Duncan wrote of the importance of immediate and sustained aid learned from his own experiences in 1989 as a 13-year-old in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 5 storm. With Hurricane Jose also bearing down, Duncan writes: “Now time is of the essence.”

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