Nowadays, whenever there’s a big event, social media lights up. Last night was no different for Manu Ginobili’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony, so we capture as much as we could, from his former Spurs teammates, to video tributes and reactions from all around the NBA.
Unfortunately Tiago Splitter couldn’t be in San Antonio yesterday, but he was there in spirit.
It was only right to honor you with your famous ‘air punch fist pump’ and let the passion come pouring out.— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) March 29, 2019
My Gramps, congrats on your special night. pic.twitter.com/QHAAxpwNgQ
What happened last night was beyond overwhelming. Still trying to digest what went on in there! Thanks!— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) March 29, 2019
Lo de anoche fue totalmente abrumador. Espero poder digerirlo alguna vez. Impactante. Gracias!
Around the NBA
Eurostep legend.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 28, 2019
Thursday night, the Spurs will retire Manu Ginobili's jersey pic.twitter.com/dqwGQIQWqx
Hey, look down there! It’s The Nephew! Did anyone notice he was not in any highlights, video tributes, or even mentioned once last night? Very fitting and appropriate. (And no, he’s not down here instead of under “teammates” out of spite; it’s because these NBPA videos feature multiple players from both the Spurs and across the league, so this is where they’re going.)
The Innovator— NBPA (@TheNBPA) March 28, 2019
Paying homage to @manuginobili and the Euro-Step, the 450 get together to talk about his patented move and the imprint he left on the game for generations to come. #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/Vz1kWVILEw
Game Changer.— NBPA (@TheNBPA) March 28, 2019
Before the @spurs raise his jersey in the rafters, the 450 collective rounded up their favorite @manuginobili moments and give thanks to the international icon. #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/DxbrMTD7ow
Words are hard sometimes. Especially when you decide in the moment that you're going to try to describe on live TV what a privilege it was to work with @manuginobili. I tried. And I'm grateful for #20. #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/4902vdLjK0— Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) March 29, 2019
I don't mind admitting I got tears in my eyes as Manu Ginobili's retirement ceremony just ended. As Pop said, "There would've been no championships without Manu." In competitive will, Pop put Manu in the same sentence with MJ & Kobe. All-time winner. #GraciasManu.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 29, 2019
"Manu Ginóbili is easily all-time top 30, and in winning impact, I can make a very strong case he's all-time top 10 because there's never been anything in the NBA quite like Manu Ginóbili. ... Gracias, Manu." — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/XIZWBKY84B— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 29, 2019
The GIF that will forever live on in Spurs lore. Tony especially makes it priceless at the end.
In case anyone was wondering what was up with Timmy mispronouncing Manu’s name, he was imitating the night he was drafted:
And finally, no Manu Moment is complete without one more GINOBILI!!!!!! from Charles Barkley...or two.
I’m sure there is plenty more out there, but it is impossible to capture everything. Feel free to post more in the comments below!