By Kyle Spencer
Spurs legend and future HOF Tim Duncan has announced that he will retire from the NBA.
Famous for his stoic nature and quiet demeanor, Duncan leaves as one of the greatest to ever touch a basketball. His resume speaks for itself:
5x NBA Champion
3x Finals MVP
15x All-NBA Team Selection (tied most all-time)
15x All-Defensive Selection (most all-time)
Rookie of the Year
The Spur lifer ends his career averaging 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks while shooting .506 from the field.
Along with that list, Duncan holds multiple Spur’s records and all-time records:
26,496 Points (all-time Spur leader, 14 all-time)
15,091 Rebounds (all-time Spur leader)
3,020 Blocks (all-time Spur leader)
47, 368 Minutes (all-time Spur leader)
1,392 Games (all-time Spur leader)
4,225 Assists (3rd Spur all-time)
Old man riverwalk became only one of three players to win over 1,000 games (1,072-438) and the first to do it with only one team. With Duncan on the team, the Spurs only had one season that they didn’t win 50 games. That season was a lockout year and they only played 50 games all together.
The Big Fundamental was much more than just an unbelievable athlete, he was, and still is, a rarity among professional athletes. Duncan was never one to boast about his achievements, put himself over the team or demand the respect from anyone.
For over 19 seasons, Duncan ducked the direct spotlight and shed it off to his teammates, always giving credit to those surrounding him, including Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Pop has been Duncan’s only head coach in the NBA.
Popovich has come out on multiple occasions and explained why he loved Duncan so much. Saying that he could always be honest and upfront with Timmy and never had to worry about the star becoming upset. That is why we all have to love and respect Tim Duncan.
He is a symbol of class and professionalism. He is not a role model simply because of his athletic accomplishments, but because he represented something we should all try to be.
Duncan’s playing days are over, but his legacy will forever stand in San Antonio.