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Hornets coach and former Spurs assistant James Borrego to attend Manu Ginobili’s jersey retirement

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The San Antonio Spurs are set to retire the No. 20 jersey of legendary guard Manu Ginobili on Thursday, the same day that the club suits up for a home showdown versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There have been many people vital to Ginobili’s path in reaching such a milestone, with current Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego among them. That’s likely why despite being in the thick of his own playoff chase over in the Eastern Conference, Borrego said that he “wouldn’t miss” the event.

James Borrego and Manu Ginobili spent a decade of their careers together. Borrego joined San Antonio as an assistant in 2003, a year after Ginobili made his debut stateside for the Spurs. Borrego remained under head coach Gregg Popovich until 2010 before eventually circling back in 2015 to the first professional franchise he had known. Still there was Ginobili.

The end of the 2018 season saw both men depart from the organization, with Ginobili heading off into retirement, while Borrego signed a four-year deal to head the Hornets. Joining Borrego was longtime Spurs star Tony Parker,  Ginobili’s teammate who may have his own number hung in the San Antonio rafters after his playing days are over.

With another playoff berth all but official for the Spurs, the team’s staying power has remained even after the departure of the icon trio of Ginobili, Parker and Tim Duncan. Their reach has spread across the league, but come Thursday, many of those names will be back under one roof.