San Antonio Spurs Legend Manu Ginobili Calls it a Career
After 16 years in the NBA, longtime San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili has decided to call it a career.
“Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” he said in a tweet. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”
Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams. pic.twitter.com/3MLCUtmd6K
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 27, 2018
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 27, 2018
A 2-time All-Star and former Sixth Man of the Year award winner, Ginobili leaves the game with averages of 13.3 PPG, 3.8 APG and 3.5 RPG, but he was so much more than that.
One of basketball’s great international stars, Manu led Argentina to a surprise gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, and was also named EuroLeague Finals MVP in 2001. With the Spurs, Ginobili often came off the bench, and despite his limited minutes, his career Per 36 Minutes averages of 18.8 points, 5.4 assist, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals tell a better story of his value, longevity and consistency. A clutch performer, Ginobili was a part of 4 NBA champions, while the aforementioned Big 3 won 575 regular season games together, a record for a trio.
Ginobili helped popularize the Eurostep in the NBA, while his competitiveness and creative flair endeared him to fans worldwide. His ferocious dunks, which he would occasionally throw down into his 40s, challenged long-held notions that the Spurs were “boring.”
“An NBA champion and All-Star, Manu Ginobili is also a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “He is one of basketball’s greatest ambassadors who believes in the power of sports to change lives. And for 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world.”