Tim Duncan’s resume reads like exactly what he is: The greatest power forward ever to play the game.
• Five time NBA champion
• Three time Finals MVP
• Two time NBA MVP
• 15 times All-NBA team
• 14 times NBA All-Defensive team
• 15 time All-Star
• Rookie of the Year
• The Spurs won 71 percent of their games in his 19 NBA seasons.
The numbers don’t do his impact justice, but he gets overlooked because chose not to be a brand, he wanted to guard his time and his private life. The most Duncan thing ever may be that the Spurs will have a Duncan retirement press conference on Tuesday and he’s not going to be there (just Gregg Popovich).
The tributes to Duncan have poured in since the announcement was made. This is a fraction of them.
“Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “His devotion to excellence and mastery of the game led to five NBA championships, two regular-season MVP awards and a place among the all-time greats, while his understated selflessness made him the ultimate teammate. For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio and the league with passion and class. All of us in the NBA family thank him for his profound impact on the game.”
“It has been an honor for all of us to watch Tim Duncan’s remarkable 19-year career,” said Michelle Roberts, NBA players’ union executive director. “Since his entrance into the NBA in 1997, he has been a model for excellence. Tim will be remembered as a true leader, dedicated teammate and an icon in the San Antonio community. As a five-time NBA champion and two-time MVP, he has etched his place among the best players in league history and ranks among the greatest power forwards to have ever played our game.”
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I'm so blessed to be able to have the honor of play and win a Championship with the greatest power forward of all time. His durability, consistency and work ethic will be missed. It's actually a sad day in basketball in my eyes. A humble superstar, great teammate, consummate professional and Winner!!!! #TimDuncan #Retirement #NBA 😢