July 11, 2016, 7:23 am
Tim Duncan officially announced his retirement this morning, ending a spectacular 19 year career.
The first overall pick in 1997, Duncan hangs it up with five NBA Championships, two MVPs and three Finals MVPs to his name among a litany of other honors. He managed to win a championship in three separate decades, a testament to his longevity and sustained excellence. The Spurs made the playoffs every year of his career and have won 50 games in 17 straight seasons. He also earned 15 All NBA and 15 All NBA Defensive Team selections to go with his 15 All Star nods. Duncan is only one of three players to spend 19 years with a single team.
The Big Fundamental departs the Spurs as the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks, minutes and games played. He’s one of only three players in NBA history to record 1,000 wins and the only one to do it with one team. He’s the league’s all-time leader in postseason minutes and blocks while playing in a whopping 251 playoff games.
The team’s press release is very fitting with no heartfelt goodbye or statement from him or the team. Like Duncan, the retirement announcement is to the point: no frills and all-business.
Simply put, Timmy is a legend. While many younger fans will remember him as the guy who wasn’t afraid to use the backboard, it’s impossible to overstate how wonderful a player he was during his unbelievable run in San Antonio. Though he was far from the flashiest guy on the court, Duncan will go down as a first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game. We’d like to congratulate Duncan on a fabulous career and wish him the best in his retirement.