San Antonio mayor declares Aug. 30 ‘Manu Ginobili Day’
San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg has declared the city will pay tribute to a true local icon when “Manu Ginobili Day” is celebrated on Aug. 30.
Nirenberg made the announcement about how San Antonio will honor the recently retired Spurs star on Thursday via Twitter.
On Thursday, let’s honor a player who exemplified grit, sportsmanship, and the pure joy of the game. Join us, sports fans. #ManuGinobiliDay pic.twitter.com/gtgEIUKnvO
— Mayor Ron Nirenberg (@Ron_Nirenberg) August 28, 2018
Ginobili formally announced his retirement on Monday with a heartfelt tweet.
Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams. pic.twitter.com/3MLCUtmd6K
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 27, 2018
“Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years,” Ginobili wrote. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”
Ginobili spent 16 seasons with the Spurs and was last remaining member of the nucleus of the team’s dynasty headlined by himself, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.
While Ginobili will be missed by the Spurs and the team’s fans in the San Antonio area, odds are it won’t take long for the organization to pay tribute to such a beloved player. Ginobili also mentioned upon his retirement announcement an openness to remaining with the Spurs organization in some capacity.
“What I made clear to Pop is that it’s not ‘Ciao, I’m leaving,'” Ginobili wrote in a column for Argentine newspaper La Nacion, per Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “My children have already started classes and while I’m in town I’ll be close to the team and the franchise. Maybe I cannot help (anymore) by taking a (charge) or (with a steal) or something, but I’ll try to add in what I can. I have a great appreciation for my teammates, for the staff and all the people on the team and I want it to go as well as possible. If I can help from the outside, I will do it with pleasure.”
While how everything will play out in that regard remains to be seen, Ginobili will be celebrated on Thursday by San Antonio residents who will never forget the profound impact he had upon the city’s sports scene.