Tim Duncan Announces Retirement From NBA

With five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, and 15 All-Star appearances under his belt, San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has finally decided to retire from the sport he dominated for the past 19 years.

Duncan is a future hall-of-famer with the reputation of being one of the greatest power forwards of all time. The 40-year-old forward announced his decision to retire on Monday morning. He bids adieu to the Spurs, which is the only team he played for throughout his 19 seasons.

Unbeknownst to the masses, Duncan played his final game during the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The night ended with a Spurs loss, but Duncan showed his strength, skill, and power by recording 19 points, five rebounds, and a block in his career finale.

Duncan was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 1997 as the No. 1 overall pick. Since his arrival, the Spurs posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record. According to ESPN, “that is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and tops in the four major U.S. sports over the past 19 years.”

Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich teamed up to record the most wins by a player and coach in NBA history with 1,0001. Popovich will address the news of Duncan’s retirement in a news conference on Tuesday.

With Duncan’s departure, the winningest “Big Three” of Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili will no longer exist. The trio won the most regular-season or playoff games than any other group of players in NBA history. According to Elias Sports Bureau, they were the first set of teammates to win four NBA Championships together since Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis.

Duncan’s legacy was fueled from his arrival in San Antonio where he led the team to a championship in just his second season there. He would go on to win four more titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. The future hall-of-famer ends his career averaging 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game.

With the retirements of Duncan and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett is the only player left in the league who played in the 1997-98 season.

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