Tim Duncan retired because ‘it wasn’t fun’

By Jesse Reed
Courtesy of USA Today Images

Future NBA Hall of Famer Tim Duncan had a great reason to retire after 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

“I started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn’t fun as much,” Duncan said in an interview with Tim Grifin of My San Antonio. “When it’s not fun anymore, I’m done.”

Well, there isn’t anything else that needs to be said.¬†Basketball is a game, after all. And games are meant to be fun. Too many athletes seem to forget this, and it’s nice that Duncan never did.

Then again, anyone that has followed the legendary power forward isn’t likely surprised by his reason for hanging up the kicks for good.

A class act through and through, he epitomized everything that is right with pro basketball (touching tribute video here).

With five NBA titles, 15 All-Star Game appearances and a playoff berth in each of his 19 seasons with the Spurs, he also epitomized greatness on a level hardly seen in pro sports.

And all this greatness happened because he was scared of sharks. Imagine that.