The Houston Rockets’ resident Point God, Chris Paul, is feeling the effects of San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili’s retirement announcement.
In the latest string of NBA players showing gratitude and love for the Argentinian guard, Paul takes to social media for appreciating Ginobili’s contributions to the league.
Thank you for being a fierce competitor on the court @manuginobili, impacted the game for generations to come! 🙏🏾 #Ginoooooooooobili
— Chris Paul (@CP3) August 28, 2018
Their numerous encounters will be fondly remembered and one showdown that tops it all happened in the 2008 NBA playoffs.
After dismantling the Dallas Mavericks, Paul, who was playing for the New Orleans Hornets at the time, and Ginobili’s Spurs met in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Spurs edged the Hornets in a tightly contested series which ended in Game 7.
Ginobili had a legendary career for the Spurs as one-third of the early Big 3s in the 2000s.
With a career average of 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, his impact on the court is well-documented and recognized. The former 57th overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft is a two-time All-star, two-time All-NBA selection, former Sixth Man of the Year, and a four-time NBA champion.
His success and influence go beyond the borders of the NBA, playing for various international leagues overseas and being the flag bearer of Argentina’s golden age in basketball that resulted to an Olympic gold medal in 2004, he is the definition of an international basketball superstar.
Tons of well-deserved praise and respect from people all around the league towards Ginobili are circulating social media. He will definitely be missed on the hardcourt, but his legend will live forever.