Tim Duncan’s remarkable 19 year career with the San Antonio Spurs came to an end on Monday when he announced his retirement from the NBA and the only team he’s ever known. He’s been the backbone for the Spurs incredibly run of sustained success from when he was drafted in 1997 all the way until now, in which he’s never missed the playoffs, won 12 division titles, five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP’s, been a 15 time All-Star and the list goes on.
Now, he’s released a letter to the fans of the Spurs after his career has come to an end:
Here’s the full text of the letter.
If asked to write a script for my career 19 years ago, there is no way I would’ve been able to dream up this journey.
I stand here at the end of this ride and look back in awe of what I’ve experienced.
The wins and losses will be remembered, but what I’ll remember most are the people:
The fans inside the arena and out, the staff and coaches who pushed me and held me together, the teammates (and even opponents) who will be lifelong friends, sharing my ups and downs with family and close friends, and, most importantly, the snapshots of my kids growing up and reveling in watching Dad work. That is what I will cherish the most.
Thank you to the city of San Antonio for the love and the support over these years. Thank you to the fans all over the world.
Much love always,
The NBA and the Spurs are going to miss the Big Fundamental, one of the best NBA players of the last generation.