Tim Duncan retired from the NBA after playing out 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan has been one of the top players in the league and has surpassed several of the players who were drafted alongside him in 1997.
On Sunday after the game against the New Orleans Pelicans which the Spurs won 113-100 Duncan was celebrated by the team and fans who have witnessed him win bring five Championships to San Antonio in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
Mostly remembered as a calm player being guided by the conventional values of predecessor David Robinson, Duncan formed a great relationship with Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker citing up a new team that also had three amazing players after Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and the subsequent trio of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Tim Duncan won a total of five championships equaling that of another retiree whose jersey would also be retired sooner rather than later Kobe Bryant. As a player he won the most coveted NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in succession in 2002 and 2003, the latter coming out of a championship winning year.
The world of basketball would always be filled with great talents. At 40 Tim Duncan would have been able to play and be at the very top but nature has taken its cause and the man who led the Spurs after the leadership of David Robinson has to bow out but he bows out with five rings and is the leading scorer for the Spurs in points, rebounds, blocked shots and games played.
His favorite number 21 has been retired in addition to other greats such as David Robinson (50), Johnny Moore (00), Bruce Bowen (12), Avery Johnson (6), James Silas (13), Sean Elliot (32), and George Gervin (44).
A lot of players have seen their jersey numbers retired and certainly Tim Duncan, a boy from the US Virgin Islands happens to be one of them.