San Antonio Spurs Star MANU GINOBILI Announces His Retirement
It's a sad day for die-hard NBA fans. Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs just announced his retirement from professional basketball.
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
According to reports, Manu has been contemplating retirement for quite sometime and the Spurs were well aware of his plans. The 41-year old player was even given time to reconsider but he ultimately went with his decision to finally hang up his jersey.
Fans and colleagues of the Spurs star took to Twitter to pay tribute to arguably one of the best players in the game. The hashtag #GraciasManu even trended worldwide.
basketball right now which is the “Euro Step”!!!! God bless you, thanks for the playing the game the right way and for the competition!!! 🇦🇷 🙏🏾💯— 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
You made my teammates and I bring our absolute best every single time we crossed paths, @manuginobili. For that I am thankful to have called you my peer. Congrats on a Hall of Fame @NBA career! #Respect #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/LIpKIn9NSg— Derek Fisher (@derekfisher) August 28, 2018
MANUUUUU!!! Thank you for the countless memories over all these years. You made me fall in love with the Spurs even more and for that I’m grateful. Enjoy retirement! #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/XySHqgUEOS— Jonathan DLF (@jonathan_dlf2) August 27, 2018
A seasoned veteran, Ginobili started his career playing for Italy and his home country of Argentina before finally getting drafted in 2002 by the San Antonio Spurs where he spent his entire NBA career. His professional baskteball career lasted 23 years, bringing him numerous accolades including a championship and MVP title for EuroLeague in 2001, multiple finals championships under the Spurs banner, two All-Star titles, and more.