It’s an end of an era in San Antonio.
On Monday, the 41-year-old Manu Ginobili announced that he is retiring after 16 seasons in the NBA, all with the Spurs.
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.
He had one year and $2.5 million remaining on his contract.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Aug. 22 that the longtime shooting guard was “seriously considering” retirement and would meet with coach Gregg Popovich to discuss his basketball future.
In the end, he decided it was time to hang up his sneakers—and what a career it was for the former 57th overall pick.
Ginobili averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds during his 16 years in the league. In 218 postseason games, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
He was a two-time All-Star, the 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and a four-time NBA champion.
Ginobili was drafted right after San Antonio won its first-ever championship in 1999. From that point on, he, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker made the organization the model of consistency, winning 50-plus games in 18 consecutive seasons. In Ginobili’s 16 seasons, he never missed the playoffs and his team never won fewer than 47 games.