Argentinian Manu Ginobili retires after 16 years in the NBA

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Argentinian Manu Ginobili retires after 16 years in the NBA
Archived footage of Argentine Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili (number 20), San Antonio Spurs escort, chasing the ball during a match against Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs 2018, San Antonio, USA, April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Handout/John Glaser/USA TODAY Sports
Argentinian Manu Ginobili retires after 16 years in the NBA
Archived footage of Argentine Emanuel “Manu” Ginobili (number 20), San Antonio Spurs escort, chasing the ball during a match against Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs 2018, San Antonio, USA, April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Handout/John Glaser/USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs’ star, Argentina’s Manu Ginobili, will retire after 16 years with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the athlete said Monday.

“Today, with a great mix of emotions, I announce that I decided to retire from basketball,” the future Hall of Fame member said on his Twitter account.

“It’s been a fantastic trip. Much more than any of my wildest dreams,” he added.

Ginobili, 41, was a four-time NBA champion, a two-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist with Argentina in 2004.

Since his arrival at the Spurs, Ginobili played 1,057 games, averaging 13.3 points and 3.8 assists.

The South American helped the Spurs win their NBA titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

The escort, a favorite among Spurs fans, was under contract for 2018-19. However, in April he said he was looking at the future of his career.

Ginobili averaged 8,9 points, 2,2 rebounds, and 2,5 assists in 20 minutes of play last season for the Spurs, who were eliminated in the playoffs by the champion Golden State Warriors.

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