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Tim Duncan retires after 19 NBA seasons, all with the San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio on June 15, 2014.
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Tim Duncan has decided against playing a 20th NBA season.

The 40-year-old player announced Monday he will retire after five NBA titles and 19 playoff appearances in 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs.

Drafted No. 1 overall out of Wake Forest in 1997, Duncan spent the first several years of his career playing with another San Antonio legend, Hall of Famer David Robinson. The pair brought the Spurs their first NBA championship in 1999.

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By the time Robinson retired after the Spurs won a second title in 2003, Duncan had emerged as the leader – one with a reserved demeanor and a playing style that emphasized fundamentals over flashy athleticism.

Duncan teamed with Coach Gregg Popovich and teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to make the Spurs a consistent force in the NBA, with three more titles in 2005, 2007 and 2014.

He’s a 15-time All Star and a three-time NBA Finals MVP with 3,020 career blocks (fifth all-time), 15,091 rebounds (sixth all-time) and 26,496 points (14th all-time).

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