San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has announced that he will retire after a 23-year professional career.
The 41-year-old Argentine captured four National Basketball Association (NBA) championships during his 16 seasons with the Spurs.
Ginobili posted a career winning percentage of .721 (762-295), which is the best winning percentage in NBA history among players who have appeared in at least 1,000 games.
The Spurs made the announcement regarding the veteran’s retirement on their official website:
“The 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year is the first sixth man, as well as the first South American, to earn All-NBA honors. The four-time NBA champion appeared in 218 career playoff games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.34 steals in 27.9 minutes.
“Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in NBA postseason history with at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. One of 10 players ever to appear in over 200 playoff games, he came off the bench 165 times and is the all-time leader in NBA postseason history as a reserve in points (2,014), assists (576), rebounds (635), steals (205), field goals made (630), three-pointers made (226) and free throws made (528). Ginobili and teammate Tony Parker combined to record 132 playoff wins together, which is the most victories by any duo in postseason history,” a team statement read.
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