The Spurs’ Tim Duncan went out his way
No retirement trip, no tributes, no items. The news that it would be dangling up after 19 months got using a Spurs PR release lacking even a single quotation.
He played without seeking anticipation and retired on his conditions without any clarification submitted on The Players’ Tribune, no-tear-stained news conference and, many usually, no farewell tour.
Paul Pressey, who, on a scouting mission in 1997, described Duncan to Coach Gregg Popovich as “the next coming,” said he expected nothing more, and yet was a little wistful about it all.
He won’t past at their own retirement media conference on Tuesday.
It is all so Duncan.
Peaceful and stoic Duncan forged a history in San Antonio. The partnership between player and city, specially in a period of so much market trauma, may never be copied.
Some of his fiercest opponents got to social media — another realm Duncan avoids at all costs — to pay their values to the greatest strength of the game forward, a display of reverence reserved for few