The Big Fundamental is hanging up after 19 years.
Tim Duncan has officially announced his retirement from the NBA. There was no farewell tour or fancy article on The Player's Tribune, just a simple press release by the San Antonio Spurs, just as we'd expect from The Big Fundamental.
Timmy spent all of his 19 seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, capturing five NBA titles, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, 15 All-Star games and the best 19-year run in NBA history with a regular season record of 1,072-438.
Duncan is the Spurs' all-time leader in points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020), minutes (47,368) and games played (1,392). And he also ranks third in assists with 4,225.
By all accounts, he will go down as the greatest power forward of all time and the manner in which he carried himself throughout his career is something all current and future NBA greats should strive for.
He is expected to hold his own press conference later in the week. For a full retrospective of his illustrious career, check out this cover story that the NBA has just unveiled.
Tim Duncan is 1 of 2 players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 Pts, 15,000 Reb and 3,000 Blk in his career. pic.twitter.com/yvpRBAikVa— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 11, 2016
Tim Duncan, bored with the NBA, decides to retire after 19 seasons. Quoted as saying "...." pic.twitter.com/FDqV5mza4E— Jacques Slade (@kustoo) July 11, 2016
Shaquille O'Neal (@SHAQ) to ESPN on the retirement of longtime rival Tim Duncan: "Greatest power forward ever. Unbreakable power forward."— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2016
Tim Duncan will go down as the 2nd best power forward to ever play the game, behind only Brian Scalabrine.— NOT NBA Tonight (@NOTNBATonight) July 11, 2016
Tim Duncan's final exit, after the playoff loss to Oklahoma City. pic.twitter.com/Lhg1BMSi3J— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 11, 2016
I don't know how to put Tim Duncan's career into words except to say: No matter how good you think he was, he was better.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) July 11, 2016
Even tho I knew it was coming, I'm still moved by the news. What a HUGE honor to have played with him for 14 seasons! #ThankYouTD— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 11, 2016