as soon as duncan won a ring without robinson this theory became useless, and that was 3 years ago !
Not in the NBA. Look at how Kobe is still officiated even without Shaq. He is still compeltely overrated. Look at the call Duncna got iat the end of the recent Mavs Spurs game. The refs handed him 3 freethrows.. then look at the Fianls last season when Dirk couldn't get a call with guys just hammering him.. Devin Harris didn't even breath on Duncan.
The fact is.. once you become a superstar in the NBA you get those superstar calls forever.. and Robinson made Duncan a superstar. Just like Shaq made Wade and Kobe superstars.