Tim Duncan finally showed up for his own party. When you talk about Duncan, you can't say that I got cheated [out of MVP in 2001-02].
Tim Duncan has officially left the building. It was the Spurs' fourth game in five nights, their sixth game of a road trip and their eleventh road game - so Popovich, instead of playing Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Danny Green, sent them home to rest.
The stories and tributes have poured on to the internet and airwaves since Tim Duncan announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association after a 19-year Hall of Fame career. Duncan has set a barrage of records, earned a mountain of accomplishments, and set forth a culture on a team that looked at his leadership as the catalyst for everything great that happened over the past 20 years.
Wednesday, the Spurs released a statement from Duncan where he thanked all those that were a part of his storied career.
We'll miss Duncan terribly, obviously, but what we'll miss just as much is watching him interact with Popovich. It would have been very hard (but not impossible) for the Spurs to create enough cap space to sign a top free agent like Kevin Durant and still keep Duncan for anything more than the veteran's minimum. He was a 15-time All-Star, a member of the All-NBA first team 10 times and is one of only three players - joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parrish - to win at least 1,000 games in his career.
Duncan sits easily among the game's best players of all time. "I'd be in the Budweiser League, fat and still trying to play basketball or coach basketball". Fans would've loved one more year with LaMarcus Aldridge, and to see him play with Pau Gasol. Together? San Antonio could have paired the best passing point guard of a generation with the best power forward of all-time. Davis, who is 6-foot-11, averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 18.6 minutes in his lone season at Michigan State.
"I can still remember before his father passed away, looking me in the eye and saying 'I'm going to hold you responsible to make sure that when he's done he's the same person he is now.' And in that respect, he is", Popovich said.