"There is no way I would've been able to dream up this journey."
The San Antonio Spurs announced Tim Duncan's retirement on Monday morning but we hadn't heard from the man himself until today. The Spurs recently posted a short and sweet letter from Tim in which he thanked his fans, the San Antonio organization, his teammates, his opponents, and his friends and family.
"If asked to write a script for my career 19 years ago, there is no way I would've been able to dream up this journey."
His retirement announcement went exactly how he wanted, with no drawn out goodbye tour or any bells and whistles, and this short and sweet letter sums up everything you need to know about the greatest power forward in NBA history.
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.
Check out the letter below, as well as some quotes from his final Spurs press conference.
Duncan on post-retirement plans: "That's the beauty of it, there's no script. For the first time in 20 years there's no script."— Michael Erler (@MichaelErlerSBN) July 13, 2016
On the day of his retirement, Tim Duncan wasn't watching ESPN. He was watching the Discovery Channel.— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) July 13, 2016
"I took less money so we could stay competitive, so we could win championships, that's all it was about," Duncan said.— Maddy Skye (@MaddySkye) July 13, 2016
Duncan: "I’ve gotten some incredible messages from so many different people. It’s actually blowing me away. I didn’t expect all of this."— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) July 13, 2016
Duncan: "I don't think giving charitable donations should be something celebrated. It's just something you should do."— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) July 13, 2016
Duncan, asked about why he is retiring: "I started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn’t fun as much. When it’s not fun anymore, I’m done."— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) July 13, 2016