August 31, 2018

20 Reasons Why San Antonio Will Forever Love and Respect Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili will forever have a place in every Spurs fan's heart. Even San Antonio haters gave respect where it was due and regard Ginobili as a future Hall of Famer. Because we're not over Ginobili's retirement, we gathered iconic moments and stats from his career that will all be dear memories now.

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Every time he showed us his goofy sense of humor
H-E-B commercials, on the sidelines, in interviews, on social media – it didn’t matter where, but Manu has always been a jokester. While Duncan has always been regarded as the quiet one, Ginobili brought life to the team with his vibrant personality.
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Every time he showed us his goofy sense of humor
H-E-B commercials, on the sidelines, in interviews, on social media – it didn’t matter where, but Manu has always been a jokester. While Duncan has always been regarded as the quiet one, Ginobili brought life to the team with his vibrant personality.
Photo via Giphy / spurs
When he scored this beautiful 3-pointer in the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors
He got extra cool points based on the fact that he shot the basket and began to run toward the half court oh so smooth. The balance of confidence and humility in that single shot gives us chills to this day.
Photo via YouTube / NBA
When he scored this beautiful 3-pointer in the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors
He got extra cool points based on the fact that he shot the basket and began to run toward the half court oh so smooth. The balance of confidence and humility in that single shot gives us chills to this day.
Photo via YouTube / NBA
When he caught a bat during a game
Halloween 2009 went down in the books as the spookiest Spurs game when Ginobili swatted a bat that invaded the AT&T Center. He needed multiple rounds of rabies shots, but hell he will forever be a badass for this moment. (And recently it’s gotten him a job proposal.)
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When he caught a bat during a game
Halloween 2009 went down in the books as the spookiest Spurs game when Ginobili swatted a bat that invaded the AT&T Center. He needed multiple rounds of rabies shots, but hell he will forever be a badass for this moment. (And recently it’s gotten him a job proposal.)
Photo via YouTube / NBA
That H-E-B commercial when he showed us how wise he is
Pretty much all of Manu’s cameos in the H-E-B commercials are iconic, but one particular skit comes to mind when you think of the two. The all-knowing Ginobili has had us cracking up for years.
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That H-E-B commercial when he showed us how wise he is
Pretty much all of Manu’s cameos in the H-E-B commercials are iconic, but one particular skit comes to mind when you think of the two. The all-knowing Ginobili has had us cracking up for years.
Photo via Instagram / heb
The fact that he made his ever-growing bald spot totally acceptable
He made the his legendary bald spot fashionable by completely owning it. He has that much finesse!
Photo via Reddit / celticfanboy20
The fact that he made his ever-growing bald spot totally acceptable
He made the his legendary bald spot fashionable by completely owning it. He has that much finesse!
Photo via Reddit / celticfanboy20
When he savagely blocked James Harden’s shot during Game 5 of the 2017 Western Conference semifinals
If people didn’t consider Manu The GOAT before, they did after this iconic moment.
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When he savagely blocked James Harden’s shot during Game 5 of the 2017 Western Conference semifinals
If people didn’t consider Manu The GOAT before, they did after this iconic moment.
Photo via Twitter / YourManDevine
The fact that his Euro step changed the NBA
Flirting with being a traveling violation, the Euro step makes a huge difference on the offensive. After spending a few years playing in Europe, Ginobili brought his skills and the move to the NBA. His signature move changed the way basketball is played in the U.S. and has led to other players adopting it as well.
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The fact that his Euro step changed the NBA
Flirting with being a traveling violation, the Euro step makes a huge difference on the offensive. After spending a few years playing in Europe, Ginobili brought his skills and the move to the NBA. His signature move changed the way basketball is played in the U.S. and has led to other players adopting it as well.
Photo via Instagram / patar35
The fact that people traveled from all around the world just to see him play
Sure, people travel to see the Spurs, but Ginobili has always had his own dedicated fan club. Most of his supporters came from various parts of Asia and his homeland of Argentina.
Photo via Instagram / spurs
The fact that people traveled from all around the world just to see him play
Sure, people travel to see the Spurs, but Ginobili has always had his own dedicated fan club. Most of his supporters came from various parts of Asia and his homeland of Argentina.
Photo via Instagram / spurs
The time he took one in the nads for the Spurs
During a game against the New Orleans Pelicans back in February 2016, Ginobili tried to draw a charge from Ryan Anderson – and ended up taking a new to his manhood. He ended up needing testicular surgery that cost him a month off the court and one of his prized possessions.
Photo via Instagram / spurs
The time he took one in the nads for the Spurs
During a game against the New Orleans Pelicans back in February 2016, Ginobili tried to draw a charge from Ryan Anderson – and ended up taking a new to his manhood. He ended up needing testicular surgery that cost him a month off the court and one of his prized possessions.
Photo via Instagram / spurs
When he dunked on Chris Bosh during the 2014 Finals against the Miami Heat
A year after the devastating loss to the Heat in the Finals, Manu got a bit of revenge of his own. In the final minutes of the first half of Game 5, Ginobili wowed us all with a driving dunk. Even Danny Green said in an interview that the team was impressed that Ginobili still had “it” being 36 at the time.
Photo via YouTube / NBA
When he dunked on Chris Bosh during the 2014 Finals against the Miami Heat
A year after the devastating loss to the Heat in the Finals, Manu got a bit of revenge of his own. In the final minutes of the first half of Game 5, Ginobili wowed us all with a driving dunk. Even Danny Green said in an interview that the team was impressed that Ginobili still had “it” being 36 at the time.
Photo via YouTube / NBA