Spurs legend Tim Duncan retires after 19 years


San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan has retired after 19 years in the NBA, it was announced on Monday.

Duncan calls time on a glittering career that saw him become a five-time NBA champion, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a two-time league MVP and a 15-time All-Star.

The 40-year-old helped create a dynasty in San Antonio alongside Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, with the Spurs one of the most feared teams to face in the league.

The trio hold the NBA record for most wins by three players in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Led by coach Gregg Popovich, Duncan also has the most wins for a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001).

Duncan will also be remembered as a player that dominated the playoffs having become the only player to log 9,000 career minutes in the postseason.

However, it became apparent last season that Duncan had taken a major step back physically and was unable to produce the sort of performances that make him a shoo-in as a future Hall of Fame player.