In the NBA’s modern era of glitz, bling and highly concentrated drama on social networking, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan was always understated. Instead of a thunderous dunk off a missed shot, it was a high arching bank shot from 17 feet on the angle or solid and sustained defense. After winning 5 championships and a 19 year long journey through the rigors of the professional season and travels, the 6′ 11″ phenom originally from the Virgin Islands, decided to call it quits Monday. Duncan, who was known for his versatility as a dominant post presence and the consummate teammate, won his first title in 1999 and earned his last crown in 2014. His 5 championship rings rank 14th on the NBA all-time list.
The future hall of famer’s retirement may signal a phase shift in the role of the center and modern strategy. Due to The Golden State Warrior’s success with smaller and more versatile athletes, many teams are gravitating to a similar blueprint.
Early in his career Duncan teamed up with David Robinson to form one of the most potent big man tandems in basketball history and facilitate nearly a two decade run of success for the Spurs.
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