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- Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili in motion
Via social media, the fan favorite announced Monday afternoon that he would retire.
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 spent 16 seasons with the Spurs. He was originally drafted by San Antonio in the 1999 draft (the same year the Spurs won their first-ever championship), but decided to play in Europe before starting his NBA career. His time in San Antonio earned him four championships and his place in "The Big 3" alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
With Duncan retired and Parker now in Charlotte, Ginobili's retirement truly marks the end of an era in the Spurs franchise and the NBA.