Much of San Antonio went into mourning Monday after the Spurs’ Tim Duncan quietly announced his retirement. Duncan, who played his entire 19-year career with the Spurs, is widely regarded as the greatest power forward in NBA history and the greatest player in franchise history.

His humble demeanor and power on the court made him a San Antonio idol, respected and loved by all.

In his last season, Duncan became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, and the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. He also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career, joining Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Loyal fans and NBA officials would likely agree that a Hall of Fame spot is waiting for Tim, too.

(Read more: Greatest Spur Tim Duncan Announces Retirement)

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This post was originally published on July 16, 2016.

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