Only a few months after Kobe Bryant bid the world of basketball farewell, the sport mourns another retirement today after legendary forward Tim Duncan called time on his 19-year career.
'The Big Fundamental' played for the San Antonio Spurs for the entire duration of his career and boasted impressive averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game.
Duncan only failed to make the postseason twice in his entire career - once being his rookie campaign - and he retires with five NBA championship rings,15-time All-Star appearances, two regular season MVP awards and three Finals MVP awards.
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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 and postseason. The talented threesome collected 575 wins during the regular season and 126 in the high stakes of the playoffs.
According to the press release through the Spurs' NBA.com page, Duncan boasts a regular season record of 1,072-438, 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.
It was always likely that Duncan would go out in a quiet and classy style like this. He's never craved the attention or spotlight that his immense talent really demands and a Kobe-like farewell tour was never on the cards.
Duncan, now 40-years-old, retires as one of the greatest players to ever grace the hardwood. Many would consider him the finest power forward in the history of the game and basketball, let alone the San Antonio Spurs, will miss him dearly.