Reactions from Twitter to Tim Duncan's retirement

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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan announced his retirement early Monday after 19 seasons with the team that picked him first overall in the 1997 NBA draft. He's considered one of the greatest players in league history, and many took to Twitter to pay respect to Duncan's career, legacy and impact on the league.

It was an honor to say I competed against you. #thankyoutd #legend

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Duncan finishes his career with five NBA championships, two NBA MVP awards and three Finals MVP awards, making him one of the most decorated players in recent NBA history. But for all of his accolades, Duncan will be most remembered for being a winner. Duncan's teams won over 50 games in all but one season of his career, the strike-shortened 1998-99 season. These tweets show just how big of an impression he made among his fellow players and the NBA.