Yet another long-time serving basketball player has decided to call it a career. Tim Duncan would possibly not have drawn much attention from the press or even made a scene in the basketball pitches but did have a lot to offer in his capacity as a player in the teams he has played for. Having successfully completed 19 seasons in the NBA league, he certainly qualifies to be a legend in the game. Throughout his career, Tim Duncan has managed to earn 2 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and five NBA titles to go with. The star is renowned for starting and winning a title in three different decades. He has also managed to make 15 All-Star appearances and is considered to be one of the greatest forwards not only in the league but also worldwide.
His rise begun from his selection to join San Antonio Spurs in the year 1997, where he has managed to keep very humble but assuring profile of himself. His retirement therefore comes as a timely break from a career successfully pursued.
The forty year old player managed to set a record 9000 career minutes in the NBA history, with his last ones being on the game against Oklahoma City thunders after which he took to retirement. Not the best ending we could say, with his team, the Spurs losing to the Oklahoma City Thunders 113-99 He rarely did anything that would draw attention to himself but did wave to the crowd and pointed a finger towards the roof upon completing his last game.
The partnership between Tim Duncan and his coach, Popovich has also come up to be the most successful one in the basketball history with the two managing to post 1,001 wins. Popovich is as a result set to address a press conference on Tim’s retirement on Tuesday, 19th July.
Renowned basketball players and NBA top officials continue to give their impressive comments on Tim’s sterling performance in the basketball courts. Commissioner Adam Silver in a statement release said this about the legend: “Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. 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.”
The Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was also quoted telling ESPN’s Marc Stein about his adoration of Duncan. “More cutthroat than people give him credit for. I loved everything about him on the court.”
Tim retires a legend at forty and leaves not only a great name in the game of basketball, but also leaves a suitable example of character that sportsmen should adopt for their success.