After 23 years in the NBA, Manu Ginobili marks the end of his journey with the San Antonio Spurs today, August 28.
In a tweet, Ginobili briefly announced his retirement from basketball. The NBA star remains grateful, saying his journey in the NBA has been a fabulous one and way beyond his 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
The 41-year-old Argentinian delivered with winning 4 championships for the Spurs between 2003 and 2014. He also appeared in the 2o18 playoffs. Ginobili, together with Lebron James, are the only players in NBA postseason history to score at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers during playoffs. This makes him one of the most-sought-after foreign NBA players in history.
Previously, Ginobili played professionally in Argentina and Italy. He also played in the Olympics with the Argentinian National Team from 1998 until 2016. In 2002, he got his silver medal with the Argentine team at the FIBA World Championship. In 2004, he won a gold medal in the Olympics and added a bronze medal in 2008.
He is the one of only 7 players in the history of NBA who played for a single team in at least 16 seasons. This list includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki.
Ginobili’s co-NBA stars send their farewells and well wishes to the retiring Spurs ace:
Congrats on an amazing career @manuginobili. You embody how basketball is meant to be played. With Passion, joy, and obviously a Champion through and through. Inspiration many sir. pic.twitter.com/Z86WgYFVMk
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 27, 2018
@manuginobili Congratulations on one helluva career brother! It was a pleasure to match up against you over the years. Regular season, Finals, National Team, didn’t matter was always a treat! The game of basketball has you to thank for the most swag move in..
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 28, 2018
Congrats @manuginobili on an amazing career. Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner. Next stop: HOF
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) August 27, 2018
With Tony Parker leaving the Spurs for the Hornets last July, and Tim Duncan’s retirement in 2016, it’s the end of an era for the San Antonio Spurs.