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My Life as the Coyote and AfterThe longtime mascot of the San Antonio Spurs looks back fondly on his years as the Coyote
At 47, Tim Derk had long been the San Antonio Spur’s crowd-pleasing Coyote and was widely regarded as the NBA’s funniest, most inventive mascot. Then, as the Spurs were headed toward their third championship, Derk suffered a massive stroke and his seemingly charmed existence was shattered. Here, he recounts his ...
“Tim’s life is his best act. Picking up the house key can be more heroic than a back flip basket dunk in a furry costume. It’s heart we’re talking about, and Tim’s heart more than compensates for a damaged brain. Thanks, Tim, for the laughs and . . . and the lessons. You’re a hell of a coyote but an even better teacher. When shadows darken our own days, we will remember your light."— Phil Hardberger, former mayor of San Antonio
“During my days playing with the Spurs, one of my more difficult tasks was focusing on the coach—and not the Coyote—during timeouts. The NBA’s best mascot was so funny that the entire team wanted to see what he would do next! Tim—aka 'the Coyote'—entertained fans and players alike for many years, and this book is filled with funny and poignant stories from his wonderful career. It brought back a lot of great memories for me.”— Steve Kerr, former San Antonio Spur