On Wednesday the San Antonio Spurs announced they will be retiring Tim Duncan’s No. 21 on December 18th in a special post-game ceremony.
Coming into the season, not many knew exactly how it would go as fans and players were still reeling from the announcement of Tim Duncan’s retirement from the game.
It delivered a crushing blow to all. Many had the chance of watching him grow through his 19 years, all with San Antonio, and bring the city five championships.
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What Duncan brought to the Spurs was leadership and his competitiveness. Duncan was the definition on what a teammate is. He did not go out and try to be the leading scorer, or pose as the best player on the team. He was the kind of player to make sure everyone stuck to their role and did not do anything out of the ordinary.
There are so many memories over his 19 year career. There were good times and bad. He gave his all for San Antonio. He stayed with the team that took him No. 1 overall in the 1997 draft. He stuck with them. Through thick and thin.
In fact, he helped lay the foundation for the Spurs. He helped the team attract free agents that would never of thought twice in joining. Besides, San Antonio is a small market but five titles and having one of the best coaches in the league can sway players.
That is what Duncan helped do. He was not the flashiest of players. He did dawn the three piece suits nor was he seen wearing thick gold chains, he was, himself.