Manu Ginobli retires after 16 NBA seasons
By admin - 2018-08-29 07:47:21

International NBA superstar Manu Ginobli, who was once the San Antonio Spurs’ go-to sixth man off the bench, announced his retirement from basketball Monday after 16 seasons.

“Today with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” the 41-year-old Argentine wrote on Twitter. “IMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the past 23 years. It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”

According to an ESPN report earlier this month, Ginobli had been seriously considering retirement this offseason and said he would meet with head coach Gregg Popovich prior to training camp to discuss his future. He reportedly had one year and $2.5 million left on his contract.

Picked 57th overall by the Spurs in 1999, Ginobili averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds for his career, and 14.0 points, 3.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 218 postseason games. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2008, and earned All-Star honors twice.

With Tim Duncan at center and Tony Parker at point guard, the Spurs became a postseason mainstay, tallying at least 47  regular season wins and never missing the playoffs in all of Ginobli’s 16 seasons. His departure brings to a close San Antonio’s golden era. Duncan retired after the 2015-16 season and Parker was traded to the Charlotte Hornets this offseason.