July 4, 2016, 10:32 am
Tim Duncan has spent 19 wonderful years in San Antonio. In the recent past, each season has ended with questions of whether or not The Big Fundamental was set to hang it up and ride off into the sunset. It appears that this might finally be the year that Duncan is set to retire.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2016
Duncan has told several people close to him that he’ll make an announcement in the near future. If he does retire, Duncan will be the first of the San Antonio’s original Big 3 to leave with the clock ticking on Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The team has been courting Pau Gasol in recent days, and Duncan’s retirement would certainly open the door for the two parties to match up without much struggle.
Duncan’s legacy is tremendous, as the five time champion, three time Finals MVP and two time regular season MVP is looked upon with reverence and respect from everyone in the basketball world. A stand-up guy to boot, Duncan is a shoe-in first ballot Hall of Famer. His sheer excellence was often overshadowed by flashier players, but Duncan should go down as one of the best to ever play the game.
If this is truly it for Timmy, we wish him all the best in whatever comes next for him. It’s a safe bet that he’ll be pretty successful no matter what he does.