I miss Manu. I mean, I really miss him. The San Antonio Spurs are not the same without him, and there will never be another who plays with the passion of Manu Ginobili.
But there is comfort in turning on a game and seeing him in the seats observing, ready to share his wisdom.
Along with David Robinson, Sean Elliott, and Tim Duncan, he welcomed Victor Wembanyama at a dinner, the photos of which blew up on the internet as past and future Spurs gathered. The collective wisdom, culture, and care at that table was profound.
It’s good that he is still here with the team building this next generation of players, defining the next era of Spurs basketball.
What is your favorite Manu moment? (Hint: there are no wrong answers.)
The four-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA All-Star, 2008 NBA Sixth Man, 2001 EuroLeague Champion, two-time Italian Cup winner, three-time Italian League All-Star, Olympic Gold (2004) and Bronze (2008) basketball player retired in 2018 having played his entire NBA career in San Antonio.
On March 29, 2019, the Spurs retired No. 20.
Were you there? What was your takeaway? Personally, I loved that Timmy razzed Manu and pronounced his name is it was on draft night. E-man-you-el Gene-o-billy.
So throw on your best numero viente and share the love.
Happy birthday, Manu. We hope to see you again soon from the sidelines.
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