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San Antonio Spurs’ icon, Manu Ginobli retires

Manu Ginóbili
Manu Ginóbili
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Manu Ginóbili decided to hang up his shoes Monday afternoon, after spending 16 years in the NBA, all with the San Antonio Spurs.

Ginóbilil posted on his Twitter account, “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 41-year-old had a productive career as he won four championships, was a two-time All-Star, two time All NBA Third Team, and 6th Man of the Year. Ginóbili started to establish himself as a basketball player before even joining the NBA as his team Virtus Bologna won the Euro League in 2001, where he was named the league MVP and Finals MVP. Ginóblili and Bill Bradley are the only two players to have won an NBA championship, a Euro League Championship and an Olympic gold medal.

Ginóbili helped establish a dynasty in San Antonio as he formed a big three with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. For his career, Ginóbili had game averages of 13.5 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals.


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