The freshly retired Tim Duncan is barely two weeks into his post-basketball life but the five-time NBA champion is still receiving droves of accolades in honour of his legendary career.
The latest honour, however, will require an entire day’s attention span.
San Antonio mayor Ivy R Taylor declared that July 21 will officially be recognised as ‘Tim Duncan Day.’ The 40-year-old donned the No.21 for the Spurs for 19 seasons, winning two NBA Most Valuable Player awards, three Finals MVP awards, and receiving 15 All-Star game selections. Now, an entire day will be taken to celebrate the accomplishments of a man that led the Spurs to an 1,072-438 regular season record (,710 winning percentage). That is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over that time period.
“Tim may not be comfortable with all the attention, but I do think he deserves it. Besides being one of the greatest players of all time, he’s also an outstanding role model. He taught us how to work hard, win and remain humble,” Taylor said (via News4 San Antonio). “He truly fits the definition of champion, and what better way to honor our most decorated champion than by declaring July 21 as Tim Duncan Day? It will allow fans everywhere to show him just how much he means to us, to our City and to the sports world.”
It’s unclear what the plan is to celebrate Tim Duncan Day as “The Big Fundamental” has made himself scarce, outside of his retirement announcement on July 11 via press release. A few days later, he penned a letter expressing satisfaction with his career.
“I stand here at the end of this ride and look back in awe of what I’ve experienced,” Duncan wrote. “The wins and losses will be remembered, but what I’ll remember most are the people.”
Whatever the intended method of celebration is – whether Duncan is there or not – figures to keep a low profile, much like Duncan’s Hall of Fame caliber career.