Spurs legend Ginobili announces retirement

Ross Houston
August 28, 2018

In a post on twitter, the 41-year-old wrote, "It's been a fabulous journey".

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Plenty of other now-former teammates said their goodbyes online, too. The 1,057 games he played for San Antonio ranks him just third behind Tim Duncan and Tony Parker in franchise history.

He was originally drafted by San Antonio in the 1999 draft (the same year the Spurs won their first-ever championship), but made a decision to play in Europe before starting his National Basketball Association career. "Way beyond my wildest dreams".

This may mean that Ginobili is also done playing in Europe and for Argentina. Now, they've all moved on: Duncan retired two years ago, Parker left San Antonio earlier this summer as a free agent to sign with the Charlotte Hornets, and Ginobili has worn Spurs colors for the last time as well. "He is one of basketball's greatest ambassadors who believes in the power of sports to change lives. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world". "Regular season, Finals, National Team, didn't matter was always a treat!" It did nothing to slow the impact Ginobili had on the court, as he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2007-08 season.

German legend Dirk Nowitzki saluted Ginobili for "an incredible career".

Ginobili was the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft and joined the Spurs in 2002. For that I am thankful to have called you my peer. Next stop, Hall of Fame.

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