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San Antonio Spurs: Celebrating 41 years and 16 seasons of Manu Ginobili

By Rob Wolkenbrod
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 02, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 02, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
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Saturday, July 28 celebrates Manu Ginobili’s 41st birthday in between his 16th and possible 17th season with the San Antonio Spurs.

As the second oldest player in the NBA, Manu Ginobili continued to play a marquee role for the San Antonio Spurs. Even off the bench, he had 8.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and featured some remarkable moments in the 2017-18 season.

Well, after another year of contributions, Ginobili will turn 41 years old Saturday and celebrate after 16 years with the Spurs. Aptly nicknamed “Grandpa Juice,” it’s a day to appreciate what he continues to do for this organization after almost two decades.

Happy Birthday, @manuginobili! pic.twitter.com/KpOiVB7BwC

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 28, 2018

Somewhere, Ginobili is still hunting bears and doing thing one would expect from him. It’s a great way to keep in game shape, right?

??The bears still haven't shown up, but the hike was a lot of fun anyways.??Los osos siguen sin aparecer pero la caminata fue un éxito igual.?#CapilanoRiverStatePark. Vancouver pic.twitter.com/gXpdrUT9CS

— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 27, 2018

Ginobili is 41 and through 16 NBA seasons, but it remains unclear if he will return for a 17th. Former Spur Danny Green hinted at a comeback in his podcast’s first episode, so San Antonio might squeeze one more year out of this franchise icon.

There will always be a spot for Ginobili, on a team that features a group of young guards, including Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White. It no longer has Tony Parker, who left for the Charlotte Hornets. That also makes the Argentinian star the longest tenured Spurs, with Patty Mills (seven years) as the next closest.

As for what Ginobili can bring in another season, hopefully, more of this: a turn-back-the-clock performance against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the first round series:

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It was only three months ago, Ginobili showed something left in the tank. At 41 years old, will he try to prove there’s still more? It may not happen in a full 82 games, but the Spurs can use another veteran presence on a young roster in the 2018-19 season.

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