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Spurs Fans Give Manu Ginobili Standing O As He Checks Out for Last Time, So Pop Asks If He Wants Back In (Videos)
It has long been speculated that this season would be the last for San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili. Though he has been incredibly effective for a 39-year-old, everybody has to retire at some point. And with four NBA championships, two All-Star selections, two All-NBA selections, and a Sixth Man of the Year award, there’s pretty much nothing left for Manu to accomplish.
On Monday the Spurs were swept out of the Western Conference Finals with a 129-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors. That’s probably not how Manu would have preferred to go out. However, if it was his last game, at least he got to play it in San Antonio in front of his adoring fans.
Check out the standing ovation they gave him when Manu checked out of the game late in the fourth quarter:
Spurs fans salute Manu Ginobili with standing ovation and chants of his name pic.twitter.com/E0X3gwzRTd
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 23, 2017
— Adrian Garcia (@KSATadrian) May 23, 2017
Steph Curry even stepped off the free-throw line to prolong and join the ovation:
Steph Curry steps off the FT line to clap for Manu pic.twitter.com/nGwaNHGsSR
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 23, 2017
However, the best part is what happened once Manu Ginobili got to the bench. As the ovation continued, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has been coaching Manu for 16 years, went over and jokingly asked his super sub if he wanted to go back in the game:
manu and pop forever pic.twitter.com/mI1j8JWjxy
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 23, 2017
Spurs fans weren’t done there, however. After the final buzzer, though their team had been unceremoniously eliminated, a good chunk of them waited around to give Manu another ovation as he walked off the court for what might be the last time:
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 23, 2017
Despite the loss, it was a fitting sendoff for one of the most uniquely valuable NBA players of all time.
Hat Tip – [FTW]