first_imgIn a legendary career that spanned 19 years, Tim Duncan certainly put San Antonio basketball on the map.The ever stoic big man from the Virgin Islands was an instrumental figure to the franchise’s consistent dominance which yielded five championship titles, two regular season Most Valuable Player awards and three Finals MVPs.ADVERTISEMENT After blowing away the visiting New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday (Monday in Manila), the Texas-based organization paid homage to arguably their greatest player ever by retiring his number 21 jersey high up the rafters of the AT&T center.READ: Spurs celebrate Duncan, beat Pelicans in fundamental fashionFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSeveral notable personalities from Duncan’s illustrious career gathered at center court to share their greatest stories of the retired superstar—highlighted by an emotional and hysterical speech by non-other than his beloved mentor, Gregg Popovich.Coach Pop on his twenty years with Tim Duncan! #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/MTxaJ6LayQ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK — NBA (@NBA) December 19, 2016The usually calm and composed Spurs head coach choked up a few times and was visibly holding back tears as he fondly recalled the greatest moments he shared with ‘The Big Fundamental’, whom he called as his ‘soul mate’.“To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan who have passed,” Coach Pop referred to Duncan’s deceased parents. “That man right there is exactly the same person now as he was when he walked in the door.”Tony Parker, who served as Duncan’s primary playmaker for the past 15 seasons, referred to the 15-time All-star as a “superstar-plus-plus,” adding, “He’s by himself in his own league.”Tony Parker on what made Tim Duncan so special! #ThankYouTD pic.twitter.com/TqpyCnvQLp — NBA (@NBA) December 19, 2016ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Ramos gives Hotshots lift in endgame PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter The Frenchman guard also lauded Duncan as a teammate who cared on a personal level and showed genuine interests on issues off the court. “He wanted to win. But off the court, he was the best”.“I will always look at you as the great example to follow, except for the clothing,” Parker joked to end his speech.Continuing the hilarious mood of the ceremony was Parker’s backcourt ally Manu Ginobili, who comically suggested that perhaps Duncan’s many pats on Ginobili’s head caused the latter’s male pattern baldness.“So many pats in the head, you know what happened up there,” the Argentine pointed at his bald spot much to the delight of everyone in attendance.“So many pats on the head. You know what happened there.”😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/O9xnkVA8l8— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 19, 2016Also present in the ceremony were Duncan’s retired teammates from the early 2000s, namely David Robinson and Bruce Bowen. Timmy’s college coach at Wake Forest University Dave Odom, San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, and Duncan’s children and girlfriend were there as well. Khristian Ibarrola/rga Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img

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