San Antonio Spurs’ veteran Manu Ginobili and Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James may find themselves at different stages of their career, but the duo share a unique piece of NBA playoff history.
Only two players in NBA history have tallied at least 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 300 three-pointers in the postseason:
LeBron James and Manu Ginobili
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) August 22, 2018
Manu Ginobili, now 41 years of age is currently considering retirement after 1057 career games for the Spurs. Slowly but surely the Argentinian-born guard has seen his role for the franchise decrease as he has aged, and after 16 long, hard season in the association, the two-time All-Star may be closing the chapter on his playing career.
Ginobili still showed flashes of the basketball genius we’ve grown to know and love throughout the course of last season, but it may be time to say goodbye as the Spurs look to transition to the new DeMar DeRozan led era.
As for James, the iconic small forward joined the storied Lakers franchise who are on the road to contention and relevancy again. Over the past five seasons, the Lakers have owned the combined worst record in the entire NBA, and James is looking to change that this upcoming season.
The three-time NBA champion moved on from his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, after he reached the NBA finals for the fourth consecutive time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was time for a new challenge for James, who now moves to the tough Western Conference for the first time in his career.
James and Ginobili’s connection goes far beyond this impressive postseason statistic, as the pair have met in three NBA Finals, the first of which was over a decade ago back in 2007. Both players met again in the Finals in 2013 and then again in 2014, as James’ then Miami Heat and the Spurs battled out in some of the all-time great Finals matchups we’ve ever seen.
It’s safe to say the two players have had their fair share of history against each-other, and experienced some of the highest and lowest moments of their careers as competitors. Let’s hope it’s not the end, but with Ginobili’s future up in the air, it remains to be seen whether or not both legends will meet again this upcoming regular season.