It was bound to happen sooner or later, but San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan is officially hanging up his jersey.
Number 23 made the announcement earlier today (July 11). He played with the Spurs for his entire 19-season NBA career, helping his team win five NBA titles and earning himself two MVP awards and 15 All-Star Game appearances. He’s considered to be one of the best by both fans and fellow ballers alike, including recently retired legend Kobe Bryant: “More cutthroat than people give him credit for,” Bryant told ESPN earlier today. “I loved everything about him on the court.”
Duncan also put his money where his mouth is off the court, too. He founded the Tim Duncan Foundation, which funds youth sports programs and promotes health awareness across the country and also has a degree in psychology from Wake Forest in North Carolina. He’s also a huge Dungeons and Dragons player, which he’ll have plenty of time for after this retirement.
It’s been a long road, but salute the legend.