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Tim Duncan Hangs Up His Silver Spurs after 19 Years

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After weeks of waiting by the public for his decision, Tim Duncan announced Monday that he is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons. His retirement brings a bitter-sweet ending to the Tim Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili era.

Tim Duncan

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Duncan helped the San Antonio Spurs win five NBA championship titles since he joined the team in 1997. Tim Duncan is not only a five time title winner but also two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP and 15 times All-Star. “He along with Gregg Popovich, transformed the small-market San Antonio Spurs into a powerhouse of a franchise, a team, and organization that other players in professional sport have looked to emulate for years.” (www.sbnation.com).  Tim Duncan has become a national legend.  “His understated selflessness made him the ultimate teammate.”  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.  “For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio, and the league with passion and class. “

After being selected the number 1 draft pick in 1997, the Spurs would never be the same again. Now five banners hang in the AT&T Center not far from Duncan’s No. 21. Tim Duncan will certainly be missed by many NBA fans, especially Spurs fans! Tim Duncan, if you are reading this, thanks for a great 19 years!