Tim Duncan retires; San Antonio Spurs set to cope without their leader

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The San Antonio Spurs will be losing an NBA legend as Tim Duncan has announced his retirement from the league after 19 colorful seasons with the Texas team.

The league’s official website made the announcement and also the Spurs’ official Twitter account:

Tim Duncan retires from the league a five-time NBA champion winning in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was also named to three NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003 and 2005) and to three league MVPs (2002 and 2003).

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter as Tim Duncan retires:

Tim Duncan retires: Life without the big man’s leadership for the Spurs

The bigger question for the Spurs franchise is how they will handle life without Duncan’s leadership. Although his play has dropped in recent years, he is seen as the on and off the court leader for the San Antonio team and an extension of head coach Greg Popovich inside the court.

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The Spurs will feature star forwards LaMarcus Aldrdige and Kawhi Leonard, two of the younger guys in the team who will be assumed leaders for the team.

San Antonio also acquired veteran Pau Gasol in 2016 free agency and the Spanish center will be one of the leaders for the team next season. Other veterans include Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Here are Tim Duncan highlights during his NBA career:

Video Courtesy: YouTube/NBA

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How will the Spurs perform as Tim Duncan retires? Who will assume the leadership role in San Antonio? And who will be the face of the Spurs in the upcoming years?

Photo courtesy: Michael248/Wikimedia Commons

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