Spurs honour Tim Duncan by retiring jersey


The San Antonio Spurs wasted no time paying tribute to one of the most decorated players in team history after Sunday's 113-100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Tim Duncan stepped away from basketball last season, but the Spurs retired his number 21 jersey in front of a host of thankful fans just months later.

Long-time team-mate Tony Parker paid tribute to his friend by saying a few words during the ceremony.

"To me, he's superstar plus plus. He's by himself," Parker said. "He's in his own place. He wanted to win. But off the court he cares."

Duncan was a 15-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion during an illustrious career in San Antonio.

He exemplified loyalty, craftsmanship and a quiet tenacity that made him one of the best and most prolific centres to ever step on an NBA court.