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Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey in emotional ceremony

19 Dec 2016 2016-12-20T15:11:39+00:00.


- 19 Dec 2016


By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Former San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan’s #21 jersey was retired by the team in a very moving ceremony on Sunday.

Duncan became the 8th player in the franchise’s history to have his jersey retired, joining a George Gervin, David Robinson, Sean Elliott, James Silas, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen and Johnny Moore.

“I’m going to tell you this: I won a lot of bets tonight,” Duncan said jokingly. “I didn’t wear jeans. I wore a sport coat, and I spoke for more than 30 seconds. Thank you, San Antonio. Thank you.”

“To all of you in here, the fans, all of San Antonio, thank you. The love and support is overwhelming, especially over the last couple of weeks. I’ve heard from teammates, from the guys I’ve been with forever, to guys I played a year or two with, to these jokers over here; just an amazing response, and just an overwhelming amount of love from these guys for what I meant to them. And it doesn’t even explain how much they meant to me because I got so much more from you guys, from my teammates than they can explain that they got from me. And I know that.”

Watch the moving speech of the player:

Long time coach Gregg Popovich stepped up to say a few words about Duncan, too: