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Tony Parker came home with the San Antonio celebrate Manu Ginobili

Nothing could keep the legendary point guard from being here, and the Spurs weren’t going to allow it.

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After last night’s Spurs game in Charlotte, the team showered, packed up, and jumped on an airplane to head back from the three-game road trip. Stowed away on the flight was an old familiar face — Tony Parker.

In sweet Spurs fashion, the team offered him a seat so that he can be at the AT&T Center on Thursday when the franchise celebrates the retiring of Manu Ginobili’s jersey and they hang #20 from the rafters.

Parker is scheduled to speak on behalf of his Big 3 teammate. Along with Tim Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are the winningest trio in NBA history.

“It’s going to be very nostalgic,” Parker said. “It will put everything in perspective. You’ll start realizing everything we accomplished in this league. It will be emotional.”

  • There are 13 combined championships and four in which all of the Big 3 played together.
  • Between 1998-2015, one or more of the Big 3 was involved in each of the annual All-Star Games.
  • 575 games won as a trio, which surpassed the Boston Celtics legends Robert Parish, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale who finished their reign with 540.
  • They also eclipsed the Los Angeles Lakers of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper who had 110 postseason wins as a trio. By the time Tim Duncan retired in 2016, the Big 3 had accumulated 126 postseason wins.

Rumor has it James Borrego was on that flight as well, so there is definitely a reunion to be had on Thursday night. If you cannot attend the game, Fox Sports Southwest will air the retirement ceremony. Short of that, it iwll be on YouTube in the coming days I am sure.

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