Today’s MikeDrop Minute serves as a tribute to the incredible, legendary career of Manu Ginobili.
The incredible basketball career of Manu Ginobili officially ended today. Ginobili will be a first ballot, unanimous Hall of Famer, because of both his NBA and European accomplishments throughout the course of his career, which started back in 1995 in Argentina.
Ginobili is the final piece to depart San Antonio from coach Greg Popovich’s amazing core (Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Ginobili). The 2018-19 Spurs will look very different and it will be up to Popovich to find a new way to keep the Spurs incredible 21-year playoff streak alive in 2019.
Ginobili’s presence will be missed by the Spurs. He accomplished everything you can throughout his career – multiple NBA and European championships, two all-star games, Euro-league MVPs. He had such a unique connection with Popovich, with the city/fans, and with his teammates. Despite rarely being the best player on the court, he simply made everyone around him better. Ginobili was a very adaptable and flexible player, based on who he was on the court with. He could be a go-to scorer in late game situations, he could be a play maker and run the offense, and for the length of his career, he was always a great defender.
Ginobili came over to the NBA in 2002, after being the 57th pick in the 1999 draft. He will go down in the books as one of the all-time great playoff players – he ranks 24th in playoff scoring,10th in steals, 4th in 3 pointers, and 17th in free throws made.
That diversity and selflessness is rare in today’s NBA, where everyone wants to be nothing more than a shooter or a star. He never cared about being the best or about being “the man”. He simply only cared about winning and making everyone around him better. God speed, Manu.