After 16 seasons and four titles in San Antonio, Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is hanging up his jersey.
The 41-year-old guard announced his retirement on Monday afternoon after reports surfaced last week he was “seriously considering” walking away from the NBA. He had one year and $2.5 million left on his current contract.
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. pic.twitter.com/3MLCUtmd6K
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 27, 2018
#GraciasManu por todo! pic.twitter.com/8252qgCmvi
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 27, 2018
PHOTOS: A look back at Ginobili’s career
Ginobili will certainly be a Hall of Famer and go down as one of the most beloved players of any generation. That much became clear as former teammates and opponents shared their thoughts on how Ginobili had impacted the game.
THANK YOU For Teaching Me What It’s Like To Be A Real PRO On And Off The Court @manuginobili The Game Will Miss You & Forever Remember You!! pic.twitter.com/ahWJxait4r
— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) August 27, 2018
Ci sei stato all’inizio, ci sei stato nel momento più alto… grazie di tutto. Per me sarai sempre un idolo! You were by my side at the beginning, you were by my side in the brighter moment… thanks for all. You’ll be my idol forever! @manuginobili pic.twitter.com/rVPQMyUjVV
— Marco Belinelli (@marcobelinelli) August 27, 2018
THANK YOU for absolutely everything you have done for basketball. A role model for all of us that love this wonderful sport. Fortunate to have shared locker room with you the last 2 years.#GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/HBJDvjIw2j
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 27, 2018
Congrats @manuginobili on an amazing career. Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner. Next stop: HOF
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) August 27, 2018
The @NBA is going to miss you @manuginobili. Appreciate everything you did for the game of basketball! #Lefty #EuroStepKING #HallOfFame
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 27, 2018
The Euro Step Legend will be missed! Fair to say he changed the game in a unique way! Congrats on a beyond amazing career @manuginobili !!
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 27, 2018
Great career! From his professionalism, selflessness, changing the game by bringing the euro step into the NBA, and becoming a champion! ?? https://t.co/8cYLy5NENJ
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 27, 2018
What a career!!! @manuginobili #Legend
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) August 27, 2018
Ugly cry ???? https://t.co/SZ2CTiLvAA
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) August 27, 2018
What a career! So much respect for Manu! Legend! #ThankYouManu https://t.co/gRzof1oAsS
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) August 27, 2018
There will never be another player quite like Manu.