The day finally came. The Big Fundamental is retiring.
After 19 seasons spent with the same team in the league, Tim Duncan has said goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs.Â The announcement about the five-time championâ€™s retirement was delivered in the most Duncan-esque way. No press conference, year-long farewell tour, articles or a letter on a sports website, but rather a simple press release and video from the Spurs organization.
After 19 seasons, Tim Duncan announces retirement Â» https://t.co/kQimgv8oIB#ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/aLua8MRZtS
â€” San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 11, 2016
The tributes quickly poured in on Twitter with news outletsÂ sharing highlights from his career.
Five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons with San Antonio Spurs. https://t.co/fCqCmEqvIx pic.twitter.com/SaMnlK4mZY
â€” AP Sports (@AP_Sports) July 11, 2016
â€” mySA (@mySA) July 11, 2016
19 Years of Excellence. #TheBigFundamental pic.twitter.com/rl4PJD02ke
â€” Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2016
Tim Duncan is 1 of 3 players in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. pic.twitter.com/o8MTblxFJE
â€” SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 11, 2016
No player in @NBA history has logged more playoff minutes than Tim Duncan (9,370) #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/TL6GiSU6Ie
â€” NBA History (@NBAHistory) July 11, 2016
Other NBA figures and teams tweeted photos and thanks to undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever play.
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
â€” Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 11, 2016
#Respect21 #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/QbbbFsHrV1
â€” Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) July 11, 2016
Upset at Tim Duncan we didn't get to honor him at a Mavs Spurs game. Happy I've had the opportunity to witness his greatness so often
â€” Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 11, 2016
Shaquille O'Neal (@SHAQ) to ESPN on the retirement of longtime rival Tim Duncan: "Greatest power forward ever. Unbreakable power forward."
â€” Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2016
Respect. #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/lOaRBlxo8x
â€” Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 11, 2016
Congrats TD #19yrs #GoSpursGo
â€” Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 11, 2016