The best examples of a Tim Duncan today would probably be Steph Curry, who gets extra points for a lot of his off the court activities with fans and LeBron James, although he losses a few points for that sumo hand powder thing he does before tip-off. Thank you to the fans all over the world. The same moot, secret enthusiasm and motivation lurked beneath a bored-looking march toward the gold through all of Duncan's career. I'm so exhausted of coaching him, he's so stubborn. I would not be standing here if it wasn't for Tim Duncan. He won five championships, two MVP awards, and three Finals MVPs. Duncan had been rendered ineffective for most of the series, to the point where there were questions about whether he should be benched in order to better match up with Oklahoma City's youth, speed and athleticism.
Sources told ESPN's Marc Stein that the Spurs officially waived Duncan on Monday for salary-cap reasons.
You have done indescribably great things for the city of San Antonio. He's made livings for hundreds of us, staff and coaches, over the years and never said a word, just came to work everyday.
"His longevity is just unbelievable", said Parker, who was only 19 when he played his first game with Duncan in 2001.
The Silver and Black became title contenders after All-Star center David Robinson joined the team in 1989, two years after San Antonio selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft, but they never had made the Finals until Duncan became a Spur. What a HUGE honor to have played with him for 14 seasons!
Popovich, a former three-time coach of the year victor, has won 1,089 out of 1,574 games as head coach of the Spurs.
He is in the sixth rank on the all-time list with 15,091 rebounds.
He averaged 19 points and 10.8 rebounds per game during his career. "The NBA keeps thriving because we keep having great players and those two exemplified two of the best".
"There is no script for the first time in 20-something years", Duncan said. They hold the league record for regular season wins (575) and post-season wins (126).
Both retirements seemed possible going into the season after injuries and sometimes even ineffectiveness had creeped in late in their careers, but the absence of a familiar silver and black jersey, and one purple and gold one, is a jolt, just like when Oscar Robertson and Jerry West retired in 1974 after the same season. "I loved everything about him on the court". Neither Duncan nor Popovich are your typical celebrities. "The four of them really kind of define who they are".