After the farewell to Kobe Bryant, NBA is going to bid farewell to another legendary player. That is Tim Duncan from the San Antonio Spurs. The team announced the news on the official twitter. Originally selected by the Spurs as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan, 40, helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons.
The Spurs won five championships with Duncan and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a 71 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the four major leagues NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
Duncan, the 1998 Rookie of the Year, won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP (2002, 2003) and three NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003 and 2005). In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes.
Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement about Duncan's announcement, saying, "Tim Duncan is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. 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."What do fans think about Duncan?
------ With modest character, calm mind and delicate technology, Duncan maintains a high state of efficiency in the 20 years of his career. And he is considered as "the best power forward in history" in the minds of a lot of fans.
------ With his retirement, the alliance "GDP" combination that once shook becomes dissipate. Along with pity and sadness, let us express our lofty respect to Tim Duncan, and also hope that he will continue to enjoy the fun brought by basketball after his retirement!
------ Maybe there was one day, when the Spurs was at a low score in a match and during the pause, Popovich was furious and shout to the bench “Tim, you!” However, there was no response from the bench. Right at this moment, Popovich seemed to realize something and quietly looked up at the fluttering number 21 shirt in the arena. Then, he lowered his head.
Feel like crying…Good luck to Duncan and us all!