( 4UMF NEWS ) Tim Duncan Retires After 19 Seasons:
Tim Duncan played his 19-year Hall of Fame career in the NBA with little fanfare. He exited the NBA the same way, with no pageantry befitting one of basketball’s greatest big men.
The Spurs announced Duncan’s retirement Monday morning, and Duncan didn’t provide a statement.
The 6-11 Duncan looms as a towering figure in the game – both in stature and accomplishments. Spending his entire career with the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan won five NBA championships in 19 seasons and was named MVP in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and was the Finals MVP in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Considered one of best big men in NBA history and perhaps the greatest power forward, Duncan finished his career with:
• 26,496 points, 14th on the league’s all-time scoring list.
• 15,091 rebounds, sixth on the all-time list.
• 3,064 blocks, fifth on the all-time list.
• 1,392 games, seventh on the all-time list.
He won his first title in 1999, his second NBA season, pairing up with David Robinson. He won his last title in 15 seasons later in 2014 with Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. Parker and Duncan won four titles together, and Ginobili was part of three titles with Duncan. He won titles in three different decades, too.
“Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history,” NBAcommissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “His devotion to excellence and mastery of the game led to five NBA championships, two regular-season MVP awards and a place among the all-time greats, while his understated selflessness made him the ultimate teammate. For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio and the league with passion and class. All of us in the NBA family thank him for his profound impact on the game.”
Following San Antonio’s championship in 2014, Duncan tried to put in perspective what it meant to join a select group with five rings.
“It’s amazing to think about having done this five times,” he told reporters. “The kind of company I’m in, the people who have had such amazing careers and having had the ability to have one, and for the stretch, and the span between them, to still be in a situation where we can win or I can win another championship is just an amazing blessing, and it’s not taken lightly.
“I’m blessed to be in the position that I can sit here and be asked that question and to be on a championship team and to even think about what that means. I can’t explain. It’s amazing to be a part of this for so long.”