Manu Ginobili was a pivotal piece of the puzzle that brought the San Antonio Spurs success in the 2000s. Ginobili finished his career with four NBA championships and will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the 2022 class - alongside Tim Hardaway.
Leading up to the ceremony, Bobby Marks responded to a question about Manu Ginobili’s legacy on “NBA Today.”
“I think a lot of it is about sacrifice," Marks said. "If we were putting it on his, you know, plaque it would be the word ‘Sacrifice,’ where he was willing to kind of accept his role… was willing to kind of come off the bench for most of his career.”
San Antonio Spurs’ sixth-man
Manu Ginobili spent 16 seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, playing a majority of his minutes coming off the bench. Manu was pretty effective in the starting lineup as well, but the experimental adjustments helped him make more of an impact with the second unit.
The San Antonio Spurs played a fundamental style of basketball under Gregg Popovich, which required efficient role players. While Ginobili had the caliber to be a regular starter, the dynamics of the team demanded him to play off the bench. He embraced his role and was rightfully recognized with the 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year award.
Bobby Marks went on to highlight how the Ginobili-like sacrifice is non-existent today. "We never really see that in this day and age, where guys want to start, they want to be a full-time starter," he said. "Here is a player that sacrificed for the betterment of the team, and you know, he was certainly rewarded.”
Ginobili has been awarded a special jersey before his induction
The San Antonio Spurs decided to honor Ginobili’s legendary career in 2019, by retiring his jersey to the rafters. Ginobili had an exceptional career with the Spurs, averaging 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 1,057 games. He holds the record for most three-pointers made (1,495) and steals (1,392) by any Spur.
The Spurs decided to honor him again, with a special Hall of Fame jersey with his class (‘22) printed on the back. To make his night even more special, his former teammate Tim Duncan will be the one presenting him.