Mark your calendars Spurs fans! San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor recently declared July 21 Tim Duncan Day in honor of the basketball legend who spent half his life donning the silver and black.
To celebrate the greatness of No. 21, a Tim Duncan banner will hang in front of San Antonio’s City Hall. Taylor asked fans to show their appreciation by wearing Spurs apparel, preferably Duncan jerseys, on Thursday.
“Tim may not be comfortable with all the attention, but I do think he deserves it,” Taylor told News 4 San Antonio. “Besides being one of the greatest players of all time, he’s also an outstanding role model. He taught us how to work hard, win and remain humble. He truly fits the definition of champion.”
Fans outside San Antonio can join the love fest by posting their appreciation for Duncan on social media. They can share their comments, photos and fond memories of the Big Fundamental by using #TimDuncanDay.
Duncan never wanted the spotlight, only the trophies. After an illustrious 19-year career with the Spurs, Timmy D. quietly announced his retirement last week.
In an interview with ViVid Streaming via ESPN, Duncan mentioned that he still has a lot left in the tank. He just knew at one point that it was the right time to retire. He said he wasn’t enjoying himself on the court as much as he used to and playing basketball was “not fun anymore.”
Comedian Paul Mecurio shared on CBS News that Duncan’s down-to-earth nature is what makes him a truly remarkable person. In an age where superstar athletes compete for lucrative contracts and shoe deals, Duncan only cared about collective achievement and having fun on the court.
Spearheaded by Duncan’s play and unassuming personality, the Spurs made 19 consecutive playoff appearances from 1997 to 2016, winning 5 NBA championships in the process. Duncan is the quintessential team player, but his individual brilliance can’t be denied.
Timmy D. was the number one overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He won the Rookie of the Year Award that year and was the league’s most valuable player from 2001 to 2003. His 15,091 career rebounds makes him the top six rebounder in NBA history. His 3,020 career blocks is fifth in league history while his 26,496 career points ranks 14th on the league’s all-time scoring list.