Tim Duncan officially retired from the NBA on Monday morning with nothing but a simple press release from the Spurs. Duncan played in San Antonio for 19 seasons, winning five NBA championships, two MVP awards and three Bill Russell Finals MVP awards, while making 10 All-NBA first-teams, and 15 All-Star games.
He will obviously be incredibly missed by fans, players, and the media alike, but let’s start things off with the players who have tweeted out their admiration and veneration for Old Man Riverwalk.
Then there were the media members who took time during their summer sojourn to Vegas to offer up their thoughts on The Big Fundamental saying goodbye.
The Spurs also released this special tribute video for Duncan, who played with them in three different decades and helped lead them to the playoffs every season he was there.
His long-time partner in crime, Manu Ginobili, who was Duncan’s teammate for four of his five championships in San Antonio, also took the time out to thank his former teammate.
The Spurs will still be a great team next season with Gregg Popovich patrolling the sidelines, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard leading the way on the floor, and Tony Parker, Ginobili, and Pau Gasol providing the veteran championship pedigree that the Spurs are known for. However, they just will not be the same without No. 21 in the middle.
He will be missed by all.