Early last week, Yahoo! Sports reported that Tim Duncan was on the verge of retiring. On Monday morning, Duncan announced that he has decided to go through with his retirement plans after 19 seasons in the NBA. And he did it in just about the most Tim Duncan way possible—by issuing a low-key press release through the Spurs.
The press release is about as straightforward as it gets and doesn’t even feature a single quote from the NBA legend. But really, would you have expected anything else from Duncan? You can read the release below:
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
The Spurs have also launched a hashtag for Duncan:
They released this tribute video as well:
Happy retirement, TD.