Tim Duncan is hanging up his Spurs jersey for good. The San Antonio Spurs forward has announced his retirement July 11 after 19 years in the NBA with his Texas team. See his emotional tribute from the Spurs!
Tim Duncan, who turned 40 in April 2016, is calling it a career after 19 years with the NBA and his beloved San Antonio Spurs. The official Twitter account for the Texas based team tweeted his retirement, announced July 11, along with a sweet tribute video looking back on the 15-time all star’s impressive career.
The basketball legend’s retirement comes after 19 seasons, two NBA MVP awards, five NBA titles and 15 All-Star appearances. Thought to be the greatest forward of all time, Tim put an end to speculation of his future in basketball with the latest news. His announcement is the decision after “Duncan had a player option on the two-year contract he signed last summer for $5.6 million,” Bleacher Report detailed.
The NBA announced his retirement, noting, “As the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan ranks first all-time in postseason double-doubles (164) and blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) and sixth in points (5,172).” The official Twitter account for the Spurs also informed the public of his departure from the world of basketball.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 11, 2016
Tim has yet to comment on the news, and his retirement announcement did not contain any quotes from him. However, he is expected to hold his own news press conference later this week, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski, editor of The Vertical.
Following the sad news, the San Antonio Spurs tweeted a sweet tribute video with a collage of photos looking back at Tim’s iconic career. The video features Tim and his fellow teammates posing for photos and live action shots from some of his greatest moments on the court. The video, which has emotional background music, ends with a message, “Thank you Tim,” along with the hashtag “ThankYouTD.”
Tim’s final game ended up being a 113-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 12. Little did we know that would be his last game, Tim showed why he is a force on the court “with 19 points, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes,” ESPN noted.
Farewell Tim — Basketball will never be the same without you! #ThankYouTD.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Tim Duncan’s retirement from the NBA? Do you think it was time for him to make an exit? Tell us what you think in the comments below!