It’s time to rejoice, Spurs fans! After three years in retirement, Manu Ginobili is officially returning to the San Antonio Spurs organization as a Special Advisor to Basketball Operations, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: Manu Ginobili is returning to the San Antonio Spurs as a special advisor to basketball operations. Ginobili will take on a player-centric role that’s focused on the development of players on and off the court.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 24, 2021
Gregg Popovich, RC Buford and GM Brian Wright have wanted the legendary star’s involvement since his 2018 retirement and helped convince him of a role. Ginobili, 44, is a four-time champion and future Hall of Famer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 24, 2021
As Woj notes, PATFO has been trying to keep Ginobili involved with the organization since he retired in 2018. While he has been seen hanging around with the team quite a bit, it’s now in an official capacity, and his new job will feature player development both on and off the court. In fact, we may have already gotten a behind-the-scenes look at Manu at work, when he recently joined a Spurs envoy to visit Mission San Jose and learned about the Indigenous history of San Antonio.
I’m sure all Spurs fans are just as stoked as PATFO to have Manu back in the mix. In fact, there’s only one way I can think of to properly celebrate:
Welcome back, Manu! Next step . . . assistant coach?