The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they will retire no. 20 that was previously worn by their legend Manu Ginobili. Manu retired prior to the beginning of this season after 16 years in the NBA in which he established himself as one of the best international players but also one of the main pillars of Spurs success.
The Spurs will organize the ceremony on Thursday, March 28th in a game against Cleveland Cavaliers.
There will also be a post-game ceremony which will immortalize Ginobili within the Spurs organization.
Ginobili who turned 41, was questionable before the start of this season, and he said he was still in a good shape to perhaps play one more year, however, he made a conscious decision to retire and spend more time with his family.
Manu spent his entire career with the Spurs, and during his illustrious career he won four NBA championships, he was a two-time All-Star, and he won NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in the season 2007-08. He averaged 13.3 points per game, 3.8 assists per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for his entire career.
Manu also finished as San Antonio's all-time leader in made three-point shots (1,495) and steals (1,392).
The stats don't tell the whole story about Manu who brought something different to the NBA, a playing style that was rarely seen before. On top of that, he brought flair, tenacity, and competitiveness that helped Spurs win titles and basically be a contender every single season.
San Antonio Spurs big three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker brought so much success to their ball club and set the standards of true professionalism. They played the game the right way and raised the bar high for every player that will be a part of Spurs organization in the future.