50 Facts About Manu Ginobili

1. Manu Ginobili sits down with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to reflect on Manu's beginnings with the Spurs and his longtime teammates.

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2. Manu Ginobili announced his retirement from basketball Monday after 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

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3. Manu Ginobili always thought this past NBA season would be his last, he wrote in a column for the Argentine newspaper La Naci�n.

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4. In 2009, Manu Ginobili added to his legend with the Spurs when he swatted a bat out of mid-air during a game.

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5. In 2009, Manu Ginobili swatted a bat down with his bare hand during the game against the Sacramento Kings.

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6. Manu Ginobili quickly and swatted the bat out of the air with his left hand.

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7. Manu Ginobili joined the Spurs in 2002, and soon became a key player for the team.

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8. Manu Ginobili moved into the home in 2004, just after it was built.

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9. Manu Ginobili put to rest the rumors and speculations signing another year contract with Spurs in 2018.

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10. In 2002, Manu Ginobili signed a $2.9 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

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11. In 1995, Manu Ginobili started his professional career with La Roja at the Argentine Basketball.

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12. Manu Ginobili likes traveling, watching movies and listening to music when he has spare times.

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13. In 1998, Manu Ginobili was debuted in the international basketball game with Argentine National team where he enjoyed as a great success.

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14. Manu Ginobili made to the list of 1999 NBA draft in the 57th overall pick.

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15. Manu Ginobili earned a number of awards when he had his career in Italy such as Triple Crown, 2001 Euroleague championship and Italian League MPV.

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16. Manu Ginobili is an impressive player for he has earned an Olympic gold medal, an NBA Championship and EuroLeague title.

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17. Manu Ginobili is the first non-US player to win both the NBA championship ring and the Olympic gold medal, and the second Latin American to be selected to play in an NBA All-Star game.

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18. Manu Ginobili is one of only two players in basketball history to win the EuroLeague, an Olympic gold medal, and an NBA championship ring.

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19. Manu Ginobili was known for his difficult-to-defend passes, including the no-look pass.

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20. Manu Ginobili accepted the Spurs coaches' decision to bring him off the bench for most of his career.

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21. Manu Ginobili popularized the Euro step in the NBA, although he was not the first to use the move in the league.

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22. Manu Ginobili played at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where Argentina finished in 8th place.

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23. Manu Ginobili played with Argentina at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where his team finished in 4th place.

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24. Manu Ginobili played at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, where he won a silver medal.

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25. Manu Ginobili is a member of the senior Argentine national basketball team, and made his senior debut during the 1998 FIBA World Championship in Athens.

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26. On 27 August 2018, Manu Ginobili announced his retirement from professional basketball, making him the second player that season to complete a career with one team, after Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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27. Manu Ginobili passed Reggie Miller for third in career 3-pointers in playoff history.

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28. On 21 April 2008, the NBA announced that Manu Ginobili had won the 2008 Sixth Man Award, winning 123 out of the 124 first place votes.

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29. Manu Ginobili helped guide them past the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals and then the New Jersey Nets in the Finals, securing San Antonio's second championship.

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30. Manu Ginobili spent much of the early season injured, and found it hard to adjust to the NBA's style of play.

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31. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are gone, leaving Patty Mills as the longest-tenured Spur.

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32. Manu Ginobili will tell you he's never been one for match memorabilia, but one thing he never planned on letting go of was the matchball from Argentina's historic gold medal-winning victory over Italy in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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33. Manu Ginobili has retired, Kawhi Leonard is in Toronto and Tony Parker is in Charlotte.

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34. Manu Ginobili was one of the key cogs of the championship-winning.

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35. Manu 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.

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36. Manu Ginobili will be the ninth Spurs player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired by the team.

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37. Manu Ginobili will be ninth former Spur to have jersey number retired.

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38. Manu Ginobili will become ninth player in Spurs history to have their number retired.

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39. Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history to have his number.

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40. Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history.

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41. Manu Ginobili will get the ultimate honor from the team he spent his entire NBA career with.

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42. Manu Ginobili was the flag bearer for Argentina at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics, which was held in Beijing, China.

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43. Manu Ginobili led the team in both scoring and assists (3.3 assists per game).

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44. Manu Ginobili played with the junior Argentine national team at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship, where his team finished in 4th place.

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45. Manu Ginobili finished third in the voting for Sixth Man of the Year.

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46. On 11 July 2013, Manu Ginobili re-signed with the Spurs on a two-year deal.

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47. Manu Ginobili was named an NBA All-Star for the second time in his career and was named to the All-NBA third team.

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48. Manu Ginobili was injured in the last game of the regular season.

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49. In contrast to his regular season, Manu Ginobili became an integral part of Gregg Popovich's rotation in the playoffs, playing in every game.

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50. In his free time, Manu Ginobili enjoys listening to Latin music, watching movies and traveling.

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