Times they are a changing for the NBA. In the wake of Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant hanging it up for good at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, another legendary member of the old guard has officially played his last NBA game.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
Rumors of the 40 year old’s likely plans began surfacing early last week. Though Duncan was noncommittal on his future following the Spurs’ loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, his substandard performance suggested the end of his career had come – especially considering what Gregg Popovich told USA Today’s Sam Amick earlier in the season.
“What [Duncan] has told me,” he said, “is that the minute he feels like he’s a hindrance to his team or he’s not on the positive end or helping him, he’s going to walk right off the court.”
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