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Manu Ginobili’s parting message for Tony Parker

Manu Gonobili, Tony Parker

The end of an outstanding era for fans of the San Antonio Spurs came to an end on Friday night. After spending 16 seasons together, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker will no longer be teammates.

Shortly after noon on Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parker, now 36 years of age, had agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets to play at the point guard position behind Kemba Walker.

Without a doubt, Parker and Ginobili were two of the driving forces behind San Antonio’s recent success. Parker was drafted 28th overall by the Spurs in 2001. Ginobili joined the squad prior to the 2002-03 season. During their 16 seasons together, the two friends helped the team win four championships in five trips to the NBA Finals.

As most hoops fans know, Ginobili, 40, is a class-act in many ways — and not just on the court. After hearing of Parker’s deal with the Hornets, Manu decided to send out a farewell message to his old pal.

“You’ll be greatly missed in SA, @tonyparker! Thank you for unforgettable 16 seasons together. Best of luck in Charlotte and see you soon!” #MerciTP

Spurs legend David Robinson also took some time to send a farewell message to Parker. Remember, The Admiral and Parker were members of San Antonio’s 2003 championship team.

“Unbelievable journey @tonyparker. Just a young kid from France to a true @spurs legend. Couldn’t ask for a better friend and teammate. Will always be cheering for TP. #Merci”

Though he was surprised to hear the news, Spurs forward Danny Green says Parker will always be a member of the Spurs family.

Via Tom Orsbrn of LMTonline.com:

“I’m shocked,” Green told ABC-affiliate KVIA on Friday night. “I mean, I thought he was going to be a lifelong Spur. I mean, he still is. I think he’ll still be able to come back and retire as a Spur, but he’s got to do what’s best for him and his family, and I wish him the best. But it was a little shocking or surprising to me. And I don’t get shocked often.”

Goodbyes can be tough, especially after such a long tenure together. However, the memories of this dynastic team will live on forever, and that’s certainly worth a smile (or two).

Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker via burntx.com

Join us in wishing Parker the best in the next chapter of his career.