Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement from NBA After 16 Seasons with Spurs
It is definitely an end of an era here in San Antonio.
(SAN ANTONIO) - On Monday, the 41-year-old Manu Ginobili announced that he is retiring after 16 seasons in the NBA, all with the Spurs:
Ginobili was drafted right after San Antonio won its first-ever championship in 1999. From that point on, he, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker made the organization the model of consistency, winning 50-plus games in 18 consecutive seasons. In Ginobili's 16 seasons, he never missed the playoffs and his team never won fewer than 47 games.
With Ginobili's retirement, the golden era in San Antonio is now a thing of the past. Duncan retired after the 2015-16 season, Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets this offseason, and now, Ginobili is walking away from the game. The Spurs still have Popovich, but he no longer has any of the core that spent more than a decade with him.