Tim Duncan, five-time NBA champion, announced his retirement Monday, ending one of the greatest eras in NBA history. One of Duncan’s teammates during the amazing run took to Instagram with a heartfelt tribute in his honor.
Danny Green, who played at North Carolina before being drafted back in 2009, played with Duncan the past five-plus seasons in San Antonio. He called Duncan his “idol”, adding that Duncan was always the “ultimate professional.” He included a cool photo of the two embracing on the court.
I've been waiting all day for someone tell me it was a joke or a lie….I feel like one of the luckiest guys of my generation to be able to share the court with you for 5 years…you were and still are one my biggest idols since I was in middle school…I will forever cherish these moments and the countless times you've been the guy to encourage me and lift me up with confidence as if the roles were reversed…you truly are the greatest most humble teammate and person I've ever come across…I can go on for days about how much you've taught me, you are the ultimate professional and the reason why the spurs organization has been the best in sports for 20yrs…the league/game won't be the same without you, you will be truly missed…and I will miss you the most, because you were also the guy to have my back when pop cussed me out lol…and a final note, I would like to call…Dibs! On your parking space, seat on the plane, locker, everything! Lol I'm lucky to be able to call you family, much love tiny Tim #Thank you #Thebigfundamental #21 #GPFOAT #Legend
It’s clear that Duncan will go down as one of the all-time greats – both on and off the court.