Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan announced his retirement on Monday morning following a 19-season career in the NBA. It was a career that included five championships and left him as just one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds, and 3,000 blocks. The other was the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It wasn’t just his personal success that mattered either, as the San Antonio Spurs racked up a .710 winning percentage to go along with those five titles during his 19 years with the team. Not only was that the best mark in NBA history over any 19-year span, but it was also the best winning percentage of any major sports team during his time in San Antonio.

Given all of that, it is safe to say Duncan’s retirement has had a great impact on not just the Spurs organization, but the NBA as a whole.

Those reactions came pouring in steadily on Monday morning and included a message from the NBA, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and former rival Shaquille O’Neal to name just a few.

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/752520117938888704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Even new-school players like Blake Griffin got in on the act, sending out thank you messages to the 40-year old Duncan.

There were also those who recognized him for caring more about winning than setting himself up as some kind of “brand” or star.

Even writers and TV guys poured out their hearts about TD and his meaning to them and the game of basketball.

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a contributor to The Comeback as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10. He also is a member of the FWAA and has been covering college sports since 2011. Andy is an avid soccer fan and runs the Celtic FC site The Celtic Bhoys. If he's not writing about sports, you can find him enjoying them in front of the TV with a good beer!