When Manu Ginobili officially retired from the NBA after a 16-year career, Spurs fans all over the world had their hearts broken. Tonight, the San Antonio Spurs honored their future Hall of Famer with a jersey retirement ceremony as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AT&T Center.
In attendance beside Manu were former teammates and fellow legends, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Ahead of the ceremony, the San Antonio Spurs showed a tear-jerking video tribute to one of the greatest legends in franchise history. Bleacher Report has the video below:
Manu Ginobili becomes the 9th Spurs player to have his jersey number retired. He joins Johnny Moore (#00), Avery Johnson #6), Bruce Bowen (#12), James Silas (#13), Tim Duncan (#21), Sean Elliott (#32), George Gervin (#44), and David Robinson (#50). He is also one of only seven players in NBA history to spend his whole career with one team.
Manu has set many records but his greatest achievement – and one that future generations will always know – is the famed Eurostep. Anyone and everyone in the league will say that it was Manu who introduced that famous offensive move that so many others – like James Harden and LeBron James – have taken into their arsenal as well. The San Antonio Spurs have compiled the best of his Eurostep maneuvers throughout his career. Bleacher Report has its own tribute as well. Check them out below:
Manu Ginobili’s jersey will be retired in San Antonio tonight.Congrats to the Eurostep master.pic.twitter.com/XnNRodZ1YO — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 28, 2019
Knowing what an emotional night it would be, every chair in the stadium had a complimentary pack of tissues. Give me a minute while I wipe my own tears away. *sniff*
There is no doubt that Manu Ginobili will forever remain a huge part of the Spurs franchise. We may no longer see the #20 jersey gracing the courts, but at least we’ll see it in its rightful place: looking over the fans from the rafters.