Former NBA star Tim Duncan backs Bloomberg in new ad

Former NBA player Tim Duncan announced his support of presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE in a new ad released by the campaign Wednesday.

Duncan, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, highlighted the former New York City mayor’s efforts to help the islands recover after they were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

“There was widespread destruction. Food and water were running low. The people of the islands needed help,” Duncan says in the ad.


“Mike and his team among many others acted fast to aid in feeding, clothing and getting people to safety,” he added. “And in this, Mike Bloomberg showed his true compassion for helping those in need.”

The Bloomberg campaign confirmed last year that it would be opening a field office in the Virgin Islands, a move uncommon for primary candidates. 

The former mayor’s campaign also released an ad Wednesday that compiled praise given to him by fellow candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE. The former vice president responded on Twitter, saying, “I don’t endorse Republicans.”

The ads came out hours ahead of Bloomberg's first 2020 Democratic debate appearance Wednesday night in Las Vegas.