SAN ANTONIO, TX – JUNE 15: Manu Ginobili #20, Tony Parker #9, and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate with the Larry O’Brien trophy after defeating the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA Finals in Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals on June 15, 2014 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that the organization will retire Manu Ginobili’s No. 20 uniform on Thursday, March 28, when the team hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers (h/t Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated).

There will also be a postgame ceremony in honor of Ginobili that evening. He’ll join rarefied air once his jersey is retired:

Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs history to have his number retired. He joins:

Bruce Bowen (12)
Tim Duncan (21)
Sean Elliott (32)
George Gervin (44)
Avery Johnson (6)
Johnny Moore (00)
David Robinson (50)
James Silas (13)#GraciasManu

Ginobili, 41, retired in August after a decorated 16-year NBA career, all with the Spurs. He is a four-time NBA champion, two-time All-Star, two-time third-team All-NBA selection and the 2007-08 NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game for his career, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three.

He also finished as San Antonio’s all-time leader in made three-point shots (1,495) and steals (1,392).

He perhaps best established himself as a star in the league during the postseason. Per

“Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in NBA postseason history with at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. One of 10 players ever to appear in over 200 playoff games, he came off the bench 165 times and is the all-time leader in NBA postseason history as a reserve in points (2,014), assists (576), rebounds (635), steals (205), field goals made (630), three-pointers made (226) and free throws made (528).”

Ginobili paired with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to give San Antonio its own Big Three, with Ginobili often coming off the bench to great success. His flair for the dramatic and European-inspired creativity combined made him a joy to watch.

Courtesy: Bleacher Report


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