Gasol denied chance of lining up alongside legend
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As arguably the best power forward the NBA has ever seen, Tim Duncan has announced his retirement after 19 seasons as a professional.
The retirement of the five-time champion, coupled with that of Kobe Bryant marks the end of an era for the NBA and means he won't be lining out alongside the new signing for the San Antonio Spurs, Spaniard Pau Gasol.
After being drafted by the Spurs in 1997, he was named rookie of the year in his first season and the 40-year-old will leave a massive void to fill at at the franchise.
He helped the Spurs to glory in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 and was also named MVP in 2002 and 2003.
He retires having scored 26,496 point in 1,392 matches, for an average of 19.0 per game.
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