Another NBA legend has decided to end his NBA career. July 11th 2016, will always be remembered as the day that the „Big fundamental“ aka Tim Duncan, has informed his San Antonio Spurs, the NBA and the basketball world that he is done with playing and that he is retiring.
Timothy Theodore Duncan, has informed his team, the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA and the basketball world that he has ended his, truly magnificent, 19-year long NBA career, during which he played only for one team (he is one of the 3 retired players that have played their entire career with only one team), and managed to win 5 NBA titles. The other two players who spent their entire career with only one team were John Stockton (Utah Jazz) and Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers).
There are not enough words to describe what Tim Duncan has meant to the basketball world and for the NBA. He was a player without a stain on his career, who entered the NBA as the No.1 overall pick of the 1997 draft, and immediately became the Rookie of the year after averaging 21.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.5 bpg and played all 82 regular season games as a starter.
What huge impact he brought to the game of basketball and the NBA, shows the fact that in his first 13 seasons, he was selected in the ALL-NBA and All-Defensive team.
Playing for one of the greatest NBA coaches ever, Gregg Popovich, and supported by Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (two more players that have spent their entire NBA career with the Spurs), Duncan has put the San Antonio Spurs franchise on the map, making them the team with the best win-loss percentage in the last two decades (1.072 wins – 438 losses). In the history of the franchise, the San Antonio Spurs have won a total of 5 NBA titles. All of those 5 NBA titles came in the Duncan era: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
Although he had an option in his contract to play for another year, Duncan, who turned 40 years of age this April, has decided that it is time to pass the torch to some of the young and upcoming stars (Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge), just as the torch was passed to him by another NBA legend David „The Admiral“ Robinson, who took Duncan under his wing when he first came into the league.
During his 19-year long NBA career, Tim Duncan won 5 NBA titles, was named a two-time NBA MVP, three-times NBA Finals MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year, 15 times NBA All-star and many more awards and achievements, while averaging 19 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.17 bpg.
He came into the league with a lot of noise, but left the league quietly and in peace, without any special farewell tours. He had no enemies in the NBA, his opponents enjoyed playing against him, and the coaches respected him.
For all of the great memories, and Your love and dedication to the game of basketball, We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and WISH YOU HAPPY RETIREMENT!!!!
Words By: Admir Aljic