Spurs to retire Manu Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey on March 28
The San Antonio Spurs will pay homage to the recently-retired Manu Ginobili and retire his jersey, hanging it in the rafters of the AT&T Center on Thursday, Mar. 28 when the team hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the team.
Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs history to have his number retired. He joins:
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 30, 2018
Ginobili played for the Spurs for 16 seasons before retiring, playing a total of 23 years as a professional when taking in account his pre-NBA experience as a pro in Argentina and Italy.
A two-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2011) and four-time NBA champion, Ginobili won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2008 after converting from a starting shooting guard to getting his name called off the bench.
Ginobili was named to the All-NBA third team in 2008 and 2011 after his two best scoring seasons (19.5 and 17.4 points per game, respectively).
The Argentinian guard was one of the three main cogs to leave The Alamo City this summer after announcing his retirement, following swingman Kawhi Leonard’s trade to the Toronto Raptors and teammate Tony Parker signing a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
Ginobili has remained close to the organization since hanging up his sneakers, but he has no plans in coaching at the moment, despite a recent invite to the coaches’ retreat next to his career-long coach Gregg Popovich.