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All-time great Tim Duncan retires

Tim Duncan was a throwback player to a time where guys just worked hard and went out to win championships and didn't worry about the other stuff. Duncan won five NBA titles.

Tim Duncan was a throwback player to a time where guys just worked hard and went out to win championships and didn’t worry about the other stuff. Duncan won five NBA titles.

Never the flashiest, not at all outspoken, not one of the guys you’d see getting big-time endorsement deals; Tim Duncan was a throwback to the guys who worked hard, worried only about winning games and championships and being the absolute best he could be and making his team the absolutely best they could be. After 19 seasons in the NBA, the man who earned the nickname “The Big Fundamental” has announced his retirement.

Duncan, who turned 40 in April, did everything he went out there to do without ever causing a disturbance, without ever being followed around by a big entourage, and without being the guys sprayed all over the media. He won five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVPs, two league MVPs, was a 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA Player, 15-time All-Defensive Team selection, and to many is the greatest Power Forward in the history of basketball.

Duncan averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game over the course of his career while shooting 50.6-percent from the floor. Remarkably, even at the end of his career, Duncan was even better in the playoffs across the board.

Since drafting Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997, the Spurs were the winningest team in the league over that 19-year stretch. Meanwhile, Duncan became just the third player in NBA history of win 1,000 or more games in a career (1,008), joining Robert Parish (1,014) and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar (1,074). Duncan played in 1,392 games, putting his career-winning percentage at 72-percent. Higher than both Parish and Abdul-Jabbar.

By comparison, the Charlotte Hornets (started play in 1989) has 916 franchise victories. The Minnesota Timberwolves (started play in 1990) have only 847 franchise victories. The Raptors (1996) have 734, the Grizzlies (1996) have 694 and the Pelicans (2003) have only 528 franchise wins.

Despite his massive amount of success, Duncan never had a problem with his ego that created any sort of turmoil for the Spurs when in the later stages of his career he was given a lesser role and the team was turned over to the younger crop of stars such as Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Instead, being the consummate professional and great teammate that he was, Duncan continued being the team’s leader and ended up winning his fifth championship in 2014, years after the dynasty he was a major part of that captured four titles from 1999 to 2007 and three in a five-year span from 2003 to 2007.

Though he was never the flashiest player and few of his individual performances stand out among the rest, Duncan has with little doubt solidified himself as one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, clearly as one of the top 10 greatest ever and the undoubtedly best power forward of all time.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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