Manu Ginobili Receives Standing Ovation In What Could Be His Last Game

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/23/2017, 2:45 p.m.
Ginobili says he'll take his time deciding if he wants to retire.
The Miami HEAT avenged their loss in the first game of the NBA Finals with a 103-84 home win in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night. Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points and LeBron James collected 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. With the series tied at 1-1, Game 3 will take place Tuesday night in San Antonio.Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann

Manu Ginobili received a standing ovation last night from San Antonio Spurs fans, as well as his teammates and the Golden State Warriors, as he exited the game for what could be the final time in his career.

The 39-year old 4x NBA champ has come off the bench for much of his 15-year career but last night Gregg Popovich started him as a show of respect.


"We started him tonight out of respect," Popovich said. "That was the whole reason for starting him. Before the game, you think it may or may not be his last game that he ever plays in, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to honor him in front of our home fans for his selflessness over the years. This is a Hall of Fame player who allowed me to bring him off the bench for -- I can't even remember now -- the last decade or something, because it would make us a better team overall."

"He deserved to have that night of respect so that he really feels that we appreciate everything he's done over the years."

After leaving the court to chants of "Manu, Manu, Manu," Ginobili addressed the media and said he wasn't sure what his future holds after last night's emotional and overwhelming send off. He plans to take his time this off-season deciding whether or not to retire.

Golden State players also applauded Manu as he walked off the court with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, including Steph Curry and Kevin Durant who spoke about being a Manu Ginobili fan after the game.


"I'm a Manu Ginobili fan, and when you kind of sense the moment, obviously you don't know what's in his future, but the crowd's going crazy for him," Durant said.

"I tried to do my best to give him that moment; just take it all in, because you could tell how much he's meant to this organization, to this city. Obviously, a true champion. The way he plays the game, you have no choice but to just love watching him play. His creativity, his passion for the game every night. That was a cool moment for him."

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