Post-Apocalypse Spurs Day 0

If you are reading this, the unthinkable has happened: Tim Duncan has elected to ride into the sunset. He has hung up his sneakers. Tim Duncan has retired from his position as a professional Sean Elliot Troll, and will no longer dress for Spurs games (an unfortunate side effect). The child in me who first watched Duncan dominate the league and lead the city of San Antonio to its first national title, who first celebrated at the Alamodome with the rest of the city thanks to the efforts of Tim, David, and the rest of the '99 Spurs, who has never owned a basketball jersey that didn't have the number 21 on it, and who lamented because he couldn't get into D&D the way Duncan has has just died inside.

The city of San Antonio is in mourning. Through all of the tragedies and turmoil, there's always sports to rely on. All cities have had their share of superstars over the years, but few have had the impact Tim Duncan has had to a city. If Lucas Oil Stadium is "The House that Manning Built", the the AT&T Center is "The House that Tim Duncan Carved Out of Stone".

It's the apocalypse in San Antonio. Aside from Coach Popovich, the only consistent piece of our five championships is Tim Duncan. Before Tim, neither the Admiral nor the Iceman could seal the deal. Tim Duncan was the greatest player in the post-Jordan era until Lebron James hit his prime. His stats might not be as profound as Garnett's or as efficient as Dirk's, and it took him longer to get to five rings than Kobe, but the proof is in the pudding. Tim Duncan has played in more playoff games, won more playoff games, and holds records over all of them. With Tim gone, a very large and defining piece of Spurs history goes with him.

On this day, Day 1, the sky has not fallen and we're all still alive. Although it stings, the reason it hurts so much is because he brought us so much joy. With all of the ups and downs associated with sports, the drama of free agency, lockout seasons, devastating upsets, miraculous comebacks, daggers, downpours, dunks and that ball-hugging thing Tim does, we as the city of San Antonio extend a fullhearted thank you to Timothy Theodore Duncan.

And on a more personal note: Thank you Tim, for not only entertaining us and lifting us into the hearts of the nation, but thank you for being the kind of person we should all be on and off the court. Thank you for being someone I can look up to as a person first. Thank you for having the character to teach your opponents rather than taunt them. And thank you for your selflessness. Although it might seem second nature to you, you've changed the league and us, the fans, through your actions.