Ginobili announced his retirement from professional basketball Monday via his personal Twitter account. While Ginobili, himself, had remained quiet about his future in the NBA, the writing has been on the wall for the last few months suggesting that the veteran and future-Hall-of-Famer was seriously considering stepping away from the game. The 41-year-old appeared in 65 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 20.0 minutes per game -- his most since 2014-15 -- and providing 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. Ginobili, a two-time All-Star and two-time Third Team All-NBA selection, will retire as one of the greatest international players in league history. He currently ranks eighth all-time in career postseason games played, and he's among the top 100 in NBA history in three-pointers made (29th), steals (58th), Player Efficiency Rating (65th), win shares (70th), and Value Over Replacement Player (36th). The four-time NBA champion was also a key piece in Argentina's 2004 gold-medal-winning team at the Athens Olympics.
Ginobili is seriously considering retirement and is slated to meet with head coach Gregg Popovich in the upcoming days to discuss his future, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Though the 41-year-old has been working out at San Antonio's practice facility this summer, he hasn't committed to returning for what would be his 17th season in San Antonio. Ginobili, who has one year and $2.5 million left on his contract, averaged 8.9 points across 20.0 minutes per game last season. Should the two-time All-Star elect to suit up in 2018-19, he would once again be in store for a regular role on the Spurs' second unit.
Ginobili finished with 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt 3-3 FT), seven assists and five rebounds in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 loss to the Warriors. Ginobili and the Spurs fell out of the playoffs Tuesday, going down to the Warriors in a surprisingly close encounter. The Spurs made a late charge but just didn't have the firepower to compete with the Warriors and will now head into the off-season with a number of questions hanging around their team. Ginobili may have played his last game in the NBA but that remains to be seen as he will decide whether or not he wants to come back for one more season. Either way, he has been a true champion for both the Spurs and the NBA and fans around the world will be sad to see him leave, if he, in fact, decides to call it a day.
Ginobili scored 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 103-90 win over the Warriors in Game 4. Ten of his points came in an inspired fourth quarter, as Ginobili all but willed the Spurs to victory in what could well be his final playoff game in San Antonio before the 40-year-old rides off into the sunset. Playing Golden State seems to bring out the best in Ginobili -- his last four postseason games with 15 or more points have all come against the Warriors -- so don't be surprised if he has another strong performance left in him for Tuesday's Game 5.
Ginobili registered 10 points (4-9 G, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes during San Antonio's 116-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The playoff-savvy veteran has been efficient during the first two games of the series, with Monday's production bringing his averages to 9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals across 20.0 minutes. Ginobili has shot an impressive 46.7 percent, as well, including 40.0 percent from three-point range. The 16-year veteran is likely to continue seeing a similar role throughout the balance of the series, which shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 on Thursday.
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