NBA Star Tim Duncan Names Daughter After Guardians Of The Galaxy Character

He’s one of the best to ever play on the hardwood and now he has a child named after one of Marvel’s rising stars. Tim Duncan and his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Macias welcomed their first child — a baby girl named Quill — into the world last week.

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Duncan, a self-admitted Dungeons & Dragons and World of Warcraft fan, said the couple named their child for a combination of reasons — one being the namesake of Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, and the other to pay tribute to Mascias’ time as a writer.

“My girlfriend, she also writes a lot too, so it’s like a pen quill,” Duncan told Fox Sports. “It’s a combination of all the things.”

Mainly known for his 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, the five-time NBA champion — who also happens to be a big comic book fan — found his way onto a cover of The Punisher in 2014.

While Duncan is now retired from the NBA, he can take some of his extra time and make sure Quill sees her namesake in his second live action movie on May 5.

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Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither) and is slated for release on May 5, 2017. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).

[H/T Fox Sports]