After Manu Ginobili announced his return to the San Antonio Spurs, he posed with a bald eagle and broke the internet.
San Antonio Spurs fans rejoiced when Manu Ginobili confirmed he’ll return for a 16th NBA season. He’ll join the team he’s played for since 2002 for another attempt at an NBA championship, which would be his fifth (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). Terms of his new contract weren’t announced.
At age 40 for the 2017-18 season, it will potentially be Ginobili’s final opportunity to live up the NBA lifestyles, before retiring as one of the greatest Spurs of all time. He’ll get to travel around as the team gears up for a run at the Golden State Warriors’ three consecutive years on top of the Western Conference.
In the meantime, Ginobili is living it up in the offseason. He posted a photo on Twitter from Santander, Spain, going face-to-face with a bald eagle. It pits two “baldies,” as Ginobili said in the tweet, against each other for the greatest staredown since Bojan Marjanovic gave Jeremy Evans a scathing look on a posterization.
It’s also not the first time Ginobili interacted with wildlife in a public forum. Remember the infamous bat swat of 2009 that caused him to get rabies shots?
So far, no other bats attempted to go near Ginobili on an NBA court.
In a few months, the Argentinian star will head back to the Spurs for another season. It could be his last or a bridge to No. 17, but either way, it should be an intriguing ride for him.