National Basketball Association players react to Manu Ginobili's retirement: 'What a career!'

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After 16 seasons and four titles in San Antonio, Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is hanging up his jersey.

"It's been a fabulous journey", he wrote on Twitter. He had one year and $2.5 million left on his current contract. He was a two-time All-Star and was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season (getting 123 of 124 votes), plus he teamed with Popovich for 135 playoff wins - the third-highest total for any player-coach combo in National Basketball Association history. "Way beyond my wildest dreams".

Ginobili starred in Europe before eventually coming to the United States for his rookie season in '02.

"Great player. Fierce competitor". Miami Heat small forward Josh Richardson expressed that sense of fraternity when he took to Instagram shortly after the news of Ginobili's retirement to honor the potential Hall of Famer.

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He played 1,057 regular season and 218 play-off games for the Spurs, and is ranked in the franchise's top five of all time for games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). Only two players have more than 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 300 3-pointers in their playoff careers - Ginobili and LeBron James. Throughout his career, Ginobili constantly managed to revamp his game to fit the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates.

Included in his career were several memorable games against the Los Angeles Lakers, whether during the regular season or National Basketball Association playoffs.

"Keep going, OK? Why not?" For that I am thankful to have called you my peer.

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