Manu Ginobili to retire from San Antonio Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO,TX – APRIL 22 : Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs is stripped of the ball by Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 22 , 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly […]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — The San Antonio Spurs are losing shooting guard Manu Ginobili, who announced his plans to retire from basketball Monday.

Ginobili played professionally for 23 years, 16 of which were with the Spurs. He gained four NBA championships and had the best winning percentage in NBA history among players who appeared in at least 1,000 games: a .721.

NBA Playoff Averages
  • 14.0 points
  • 4 rebounds
  • 3.8 assists
  • 1.34 steals

He appeared in 218 playoff games, averaging 14.0 points, according to a release from the Spurs. He and LeBron James are the only two people to get at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs.

Ginobili played professionally in Argentina and Italy before signing with the Spurs in 2002. In his career, he’s managed to win a trifecta of a EuroLeague title, NBA championship and Olympic gold medal. He’s only one of two players in history to do that.

Ginobili’s leaving is the latest shakeup for the San Antonio team. The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard in July to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick.

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