Last November, Kobe Bryant penned a heartfelt letter on the Players' Tribune to announce his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The five-time NBA champion then proceeded to soak in fans' adulation city to city, culminating with his 60-point sendoff fit for a king at Staples Center in Los Angeles last month.
Now, we're about to find out whether a different five-time champion wants that type of grand farewell tour that the Black Mamba got or if he simply wants to abruptly retire and call it a career — and that NBA legend is Tim Duncan.
Widely regarded as the greatest power forward of all time, Duncan, 40, mightily struggled over the course of these playoffs, looking like Father Time finally caught up with him. The 19-year NBA veteran looked flat, only averaging six points and 3.8 rebounds during the second round of the playoffs for his San Antonio Spurs, who were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Now it's up to Duncan to decide whether he wants this blocked dunk attempt to be one of his final impressions on the game.
Will these be Duncan's final seconds in the NBA?
If Duncan decides to indeed call it a career, he walks away from the game with five NBA titles, three Finals MVPs, two league MVPs and 15 All-Star Game selections as a lock future Hall of Famer.
Throughout his nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has had a laid-back persona and that could lend itself to an abrupt retirement — unless he decides, like Kobe did, that he has one more season left in him.
Like Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan has been a treasure to the game. If he decides to play one more season, he'll certainly get all the adulation that Kobe got.
What do you think Duncan will do?
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