What Happened To Manu Ginobili?
Manu Ginobili was appointed as the Spurs Special consultant in 2021 upon retiring from the professional game in 2018.
The two-time NBA All-Star, at the age of 41, announced his retirement from the NBA on 27 August 2018, with a year and $2.5 million remaining in his contract.
He became the 2nd player to complete a career with one team that season. The Oklahoma City Thunder's Nick Collison was the first.
Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams. pic.twitter.com/3MLCUtmd6K— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 27, 2018
In 2019, the Manu Ginobili jersey retirement was undertaken by his former team, the Spurs, alongside Tim Duncan's Number 21 Jersey. Ginobili's jersey in the club was Number 20.
Three years past retirement, Manu rejoined the Spurs team on 24 September 2021 as a Special Advisor to basketball operations. He tutors the young in leading the team to its former glory and trains them on and off the court to guide their pro journey.
One year after joining the Spurs staff member, he became the 12th player in the franchise's history to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Manu Ginobili Hall of Fame inductance was made on 10 September 2022.
He became one of only four players in the franchise's history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after playing their entire NBA career for the San Antonio Spurs exclusively. The other three players were David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and George Karl.
Before hanging his boots, the four time NBA champion played his final international game, representing Argentina at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.