Jerry West

Different exits, same Hall of Fame future for Kobe, Duncan

First Kobe Bryant, now Tim Duncan. A two-decade chapter of NBA history has closed.

Two giants of their generation retired within months of each other, and their exits, just like their personalities and their games, couldn't have been much different.

The destination is certainly the same. They will be headed to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame together in five years.

Duncan ended his career Monday after 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs, three months after Bryant played the last game of his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You've got probably two of the best at their position. To see them go, it's kind of sad, but it comes at some...