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NBA players react to Tim Duncan announcing retirement

NBA players paid tribute to the San Antonio Spurs star. 

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San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan announced that he is retiring after 19 NBA seasons on Monday.

Over his remarkable career, Duncan was twice named NBA MVP, went to 15 All-Star games and helped the Spurs win five championships.

The news is not completely unexpected, as reports emerged after the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs that the 40-year-old planned to step away from the game. On Monday, a number of current and former NBA players took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Duncan. 

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Duncan averaged 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his career. He spent his entire career in San Antonio, which drafted him with the first pick of the 1997 NBA draft out of Wake Forest. 

Duncan is a three–time NBA Finals MVP.