Tim Duncan.

NBA players pay tribute to Tim Duncan on social media

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The NBA said farewell to another legend yesterday as San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan called time on an incredible 19-year career.

Much like Kobe Bryant, the 40-year-old is a generation-defining talent who spent his time in the league with just one franchise.

Five NBA Championships, two MVP awards, three Finals MVP titles, 15 All-Star Game selections, ten inclusions in the All-NBA First Team and eight times in the All-Defensive First Team show a man who spent his whole playing career at the pinnacle of the game.

The forward had a lasting impact on a number of people from all walks of life, including past and present players; encouraging many youngsters to take up the game and driving his fellow competitors to get better every day.

As the news filtered out that TD would not be taking to the hardwood in the next campaign, a number of basketball personalities such as Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and more paid tribute to one of the true greats.


The Spurs will look like a very different team without Duncan. Having been drafted in 1997, the Texas franchise faces their first season without the big man for almost two decades.

A franchise-best season was a good way for the former Wake Forest forward to go out, but everybody within the organisation would have been bitterly disappointed they couldn't secure a sixth championship.


Never one to rest on his laurel, Gregg Popovich added free agent Pau Gasol to the frontcourt at the AT&T Center - most likely in preparation for Duncan's recent announcement - and the players will be quietly confident of making a big impact.

They were dispatched by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Semi-Finals of 2016. However, with Kevin Durant moving to the Golden State Warriors, it appears a contender has fallen by the wayside.

The Spurs still have a team capable of competing at the very top, but they will have to do it without a man who had been an ever-present since being the number one pick.

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Cleveland Cavaliers
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