Tim Duncan did the most Tim Duncan thing on Monday as he retired from playing after 19 incredibly successful years in the NBA.
Without the fanfare of a press conference, it was revealed that the Big Fundamental would not be a part of the San Antonio Spurs' roster for the 2015/16 campaign.
Since the news was confirmed, much of the talk has surrounded where the 40-year-old stands in the greatest of all time debate. Many people have said we have seen the end of the best power forward to ever grace the hardwood. However, his former teammate and current Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, believes his position was the five spot.
"I think he's a center," Kerr said. "The only reason he's called a power forward is because he started his career playing next to David [Robinson], but once David left, Timmy was down on the block all the time. I mean, it's just semantics. ... Regardless, he's certainly a top 10 player of all time. I think you can make that argument real easily."
Nobody could argue with that statement. Five NBA championships, two MVP awards, three Finals MVP crowns and 15 All-Star games are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of achievements for the now-retired big man.
Regardless of where he stands in the G.O.A.T debate, one thing Kerr is sure of is his incredible personality, and the five-time champion - as a player - says his exit from the NBA is typical of what's come to define the Wake Forest product as a person.
"To just walk away without a press conference is just typical Tim. Modesty. Humility. Just a phenomenal teammate that was so much fun to play with."
Duncan was Mr. San Antonio. He brought success to the franchise and served them impeccably during his time in Texas. Along with Gregg Popovich, he helped build the most consistent organisation we see today and crafted a culture of team-first basketball.
Without the forward/center, none of it would have been possible and his legacy will live on through the likes of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, who are tasked with leading the team into the new era.