Tim Duncan Retires: Twitter Reacts to Spurs Legend’s Decision

July 11th, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Nineteen seasons. Five NBA championships. Three Finals MVPs. Fifteen All-Star Games. One franchise. One coach. One city.

After all was said and done, Tim Duncan announced his NBA retirement in the most Duncan way possible—a simple Twitter post from the San Antonio Spurs and a formal press release:

A number of people took to Twitter to comment on the simplicity of Duncan's retirement:

Duncan, less than three months removed from his 40th birthday, spent his entire career in San Antonio after being selected No. 1 overall in 1997. He was a star from the second he stepped on the floor and finished with career averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

The Spurs never won fewer than 50 games over a full regular season and were 1,072-438 (.710 winning percentage) during Duncan's tenure. Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated provided another stat that illuminates his greatness:

Perhaps more than anything, Duncan's greatness is defined by the way he carried himself. The Spurs came to embody his personality—quiet, reserve ...

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