Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey after Sunday’s game
The Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s No. 21 following their 113–100 home win against the Pelicans on Sunday.
Duncan, who announced his retirement over the summer after 19 seasons, took center court along with many of his family, former teammates—including David Robinson, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker—and coach Gregg Popovich in a touching ceremony. Fans at the game received special Tim Duncan T-shirts, and some Spurs wore No. 21 on their socks.
Popovich, Ginobili and Parker all spoke before Duncan eventually took the microphone and thanked everyone in attendance.
"Thank you, San Antonio, thank you."— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 19, 2016
Tim's retirement speech, in it's entirety: pic.twitter.com/aThRYY1ynB
All 10 minutes of Pop's speech to Timmy are a must-watch. pic.twitter.com/o3wGZRHXoG— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 19, 2016
San Antonio selected Duncan with the No. 1 pick out of Wake Forest in the 1997 NBA draft, and he spent his entire career with the franchise, leading the team to five championships. The Spurs won titles in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2014.
A native of the Virgin Islands, Duncan retired as the Spurs’ all-time leading scorer. He is a 15-time All-Star and has been a member of the All-Defensive First or Second team 15 times.