Tim Duncan has been the face of the San Antonio Spurs for the better part of the past two decades. He’s brought the city of San Antonio five NBA titles during that span.
He’s also retired.
Now that Duncan has given up his basketball shoes for other endeavours, it’s time for all the accolades to come pouring in.
As the face of the only professional sports team in San Antonio, those accolades should start in the community that he’s given so much to.
In this, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor has declared July 21st “Tim Duncan Day.”
You read that right. He gets an entire day named in his honor
— Ivy R Taylor (@IvyRTaylor) July 18, 2016
“Tim may not be comfortable with all the attention, but I do think he deserves it. 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,” the mayor said, via a local NBC affiliate. “He truly fits the definition of champion, and what better way to honor our most decorated champion than by declaring July 21 as Tim Duncan Day? It will allow fans everywhere to show him just how much he means to us, to our City and to the sports world.”
It remains to be seen exactly what this means, but we can expect a day full of pageantry for Duncan. Maybe floats. Potentially Gregg Popovich showing up with a smile on his face for once.
We also have no idea whether Duncan himself will be there. After all, the dude didn’t even show up for his own retirement press conference.
Such has been the case for this unassuming and gentle giant during a 19-year career that saw him earn 15 All-Star appearances, five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP awards and two regular season MVP awards.
Needless to say, he’s given more to the Spurs organization than any other player in the history of the franchise. The city he’s called home for the past two decades will now pay its respects.