Tim Duncan retires
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On July 11th it was expected, but still shocking that Tim Duncan finally decided to hang up his sneakers. He retired from the San Antonio Spurs as the face of the franchise in totally Tim Duncan style. There was no fan fare, no farewell tour, he didn’t demand attention, hell he didn’t even provide a statement as the Big Fundamental’s 19-year Hall of Fame career in the NBA finally came to an end. He exited silently like most of his career Duncan didn’t really care for making any noise to lure people to cover. He simply just cared about playing the game and winning, and they simply just don’t make them like that anymore.

Besides almost shaking up the landscape of the NBA back in the early 2000’s Duncan could’ve left the Spurs and taken his talents to Disney World while his rookie contract came to an end. Duncan could’ve formed a super team in the east with heavy hitters Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady, but it wouldn’t have been fair to the league. They would’ve been the Lakers of the East and who knows how many championships they would’ve won. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker definitely wouldn’t have ended up winning four championships and likely ended up somewhere else, and Greg Poppovich probably would’ve lost his job if the Spurs were scrambling to find the next face of their franchise. Obviously this wasn’t the case. This ending had a happy end for the Spurs and their fans, and the league won’t be the same without him.

Duncan won five NBA championships with the Spurs in 19 seasons and was named MVP in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 and was the Finals MVP in 1999, 2003 and 2005. Duncan was a fifteen time NBA All Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP 2000. NBA Rookie of the year in 1998. I could write a book on his achievements, but that’s just a few to give you an idea of what the greatest power forward of all time brought to the game. Another mind-blowing stat that most people don’t realize is that Duncan averaged 86 games per season, Duncan also is the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades.

As a long time and local fan of the Spurs and Duncan we’ve been hearing about how boring, unstylish, OLD etc. etc. that the Spurs, Duncan “are” for years. At first it bothered me and other fans, but after time we just embraced it and brushed it off. If winning was boring, and usually playing until June winning championships was unstylish, then I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although I will say Tim Duncan’s dad jeans are a little out of date, but that’s something only Timmy can get away with. Without Tim Duncan who knows what kind of splashes we could’ve made in free agency. If Ginobili and Parker would’ve had similar careers to what they currently have, it’s very likely that we wouldn’t have won a championship, yet alone five if it wasn’t for Duncan.

It’s going to be weird not seeing Tim in the Spurs lineup, but just like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. At least here in town we will still have the Spurs H-E-B commercials which have come to grow to a more national level as the Spurs success only continues.  If I could speak on behalf of everyone and not just Spurs fans in general I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for what you did for the game of basketball and how it should be played. Duncan didn’t care about being in the spotlight or making a brand out of himself, and we will all miss the classic battles he was a part of on the hard wood floor.

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