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Tim Duncan to retire
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SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2016) – San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
 
Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.
The 40-year-old Duncan comes off of a season in which he led the NBA in Defensive RPM (5.41) and became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. He helped the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record and also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
Duncan totaled 15 All-NBA Team selections (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), garnering both honors in the same season 15 times, the most in league history. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).
In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes. He shot .506 (10,285-20,334) from the floor and .696 (5,896-8,468) from the free throw line.
The Wake Forest graduate is the Spurs all-time NBA leader in total points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020), minutes (47,368) and games played (1,392), as well as third in assists (4,225). In NBA history, Duncan is fifth all-time in double-doubles (841) and blocks, sixth in rebounding and 14th in scoring.
As the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan ranks first all-time in postseason double-doubles (164) and blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) and sixth in points (5,172). For his career, Duncan appeared in 251 postseason contests (second all-time) and averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.3 minutes while shooting .501 (1,975-3,939) from the field.
 
Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Duncan and Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001) and the Spurs forward finishes his career in San Antonio as one of just three players in NBA history, along with John Stockton and Kobe Bryant, to spend 19 seasons with one franchise.

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One of the best players to ever play the game, and likely the best power forward to ever play the game. In a league full of flash he was the poster boy for substance. He is one of a kind. 
 
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The Big Fundamental! Definitely one of the all-time greats and probably slots somewhere in the top 10.

Happy retirement big fella
"Larry Bird isn't white, he's clear" - Bill Murray
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Not sure I put him top 10 but he had an incredible career. Popovich said he would retire when Duncan does I wonder if he follows through lol
"I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I am about to get." - Bo Diddley
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It will be weird to see the NBA without a standard they have had for the past 19 years.

One of the most complete players and leaders of all-time.
Why is common sense not so common?
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Most people believe he's the best PF of all-time. It'll be weird seeing the Spurs without Tim Duncan. My favourite finals win of the Spurs was against the Pistons years ago. It was around the 4th quarter and they were down by 10 points. Then Tim Duncan took over and started draining those hook shots in the post.
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Greatest PF of all time. Easily a top 10 player of all time. Arguably top 5.

Incredible Duncan stat - Spurs won 50+ games in all but ONE of Tim Duncan's 19 seasons. After a 1999 lockout, they went 37-13 and won it all.
                   
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and "feeling old" moment, along with Kobe, I vividly remember Duncan getting drafted, and now he is retired.

I really enjoyed the two towers back in the day, they were just dominant.
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Two huge retirements....one makes it a show throughout the season...like a farewell tour (while having the worst season of his career).....the other goes about his business...takes his team to the playoffs...then quietly heads off after the season is done.
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(2016-07-13, 09:16 AM)Chris D Wrote: Two huge retirements....one makes it a show throughout the season...like a farewell tour (while having the worst season of his career).....the other goes about his business...takes his team to the playoffs...then quietly heads off after the season is done.

And the one with the quieter retirement announcement probably had the greater overall career. Tim Duncan is the man.
"Larry Bird isn't white, he's clear" - Bill Murray
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Somebody asked Kobe what his response is to people who say he was a selfish player. He told them to "count to 5". Epic.

Duncan's Final Resume
  • Two MVP's
  • Three Final's MVPs
  • Rookie of the Year
  • 5 Time Champion
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(2016-07-13, 09:16 AM)Chris D Wrote: Two huge retirements....one makes it a show throughout the season...like a farewell tour (while having the worst season of his career).....the other goes about his business...takes his team to the playoffs...then quietly heads off after the season is done.

Well Kobe's Lakers were going nowhere this season, so might as well make it all about Kobe for marketing and publicity.

And Kobe is also a much more popular player than Duncan regardless of their achievements.
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While the Lakers were having, yet again, another horrible season, their WORST ever( heck, the last 3-4 years have been by far the worst ever for the once-proud Lakers, who have fallen pretty far pretty fast since winning back-to-back titles in 2009 & 2010, which seems likes a decade ago now given the current state of the franchise ), they pretty much had to circle the focus around Kobe's final year. Up until the regular season finale, Kobe's final year wasn't much to speak of...then he went off & rained down 60 POINTS in his swan song. And what a performance it was.

Tim Duncan & the Spurs were enjoying another "ho hum" 60+ wins & reached the Western semifinals before dropping out in 6 vs the Warriors. Duncan quietly walked off the court...for the final time.

Both players left their immense mark on the sport. Both players each won 5 championships. I do kinda agree that Kobe's popularity makes his accomplishments more notable but what Duncan did in San Antonio shouldn't go unnoticed either. Duncan was pretty much "the quiet superstar" & didn't garner the attention Kobe or LeBron have during their careers. Two sure-fire NBA Hall-of-Famers no doubt.

When you hear how coach Gregg Poppovich spoke so highly of Duncan the other day, it just makes you realize what an impact Duncan left on the Spurs franchise...& the league. San Antonio was a good, but not great, team, until they drafted Duncan. They won 5 titles during the Tim Duncan era. His leadership will be difficult to replace in San Antonio. But somebody...perhaps Manu Ginobli...can carry the baton handed over by Tim Duncan going forward for the Spurs franchise.
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