Looks like the San Antonio Spurs will be without two of their biggest names when next season starts because one month after Kawhi Leonard was sent north to the Raptors, longtime guard Manu Ginobili announced that he was heading in a different direction—into the sunset.
That’s because the 41-year-old announced his retirement yesterday with this tweet:
“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.”
The decision by the certain future Hall of Famer brings a historic 16-season run with the Spurs to an end. He is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina and a Euroleague MVP.
Ginobili played 1,057 regular-season and 218 playoff games with the Spurs, ranking in the franchise’s top five all time in games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). He averaged 8.9-points and 20 minutes a game for the Spurs last season.
Wow, just reading those numbers tired me out.
So I can imagine how exhausted he is after putting them up.