He went quietly. With just a simple press release from the San Antonio Spurs, the publicly reticent big man announced that five championship rings in nearly two decades with the same team was plenty. But Duncan’s incredibly consistent play spoke loudly enough. Post-retirement chatter was about the Wake Forest alum’s placement among the top 10 hoopsters of all time, and his role as one of history’s greatest power forwards. He leaves behind a league that has adopted the 7-footer’s style of quiet professionalism and team play over individual stardom.