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San Antonio Spurs: Aug. 30 is officially Manu Ginobili Day

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 2, 2018 in New York City. The Spurs defeated the Knicks 100-91. 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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 2, 2018 in New York City. The Spurs defeated the Knicks 100-91. 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 Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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San Antonio Spurs fans can honor Manu Ginobili on Thursday, Aug. 30 with his own day in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs lost one of their icons, Manu Ginobili, to retirement on Monday, which ended a 16-year career; a celebrated one that by the basketball community, who saw him play from 2002-18 in the NBA.

Ginobili career will not only receive acclaim from the basketball community, but the fans that watched him play in San Antonio and around the globe, with a career that stretched overseas before he arrived to the league.

Well, there will be an official day to celebrate Ginobili’s run with the Spurs, if the past 24 hours was not enough already. For Thursday, Aug. 30, the San Antonio mayor, Ron Nirenberg, declared it “Manu Ginobili Day.”

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

Yes, it’s an official day to commemorate everything Ginobili did in San Antonio. Whether it happened on or off the court, there’s plenty for everyone to look back on, even past Aug. 30.

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Ginobili accumulated awards and accolades through his NBA career, including championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He acted as a main contributor on all four squads, the first of which occurred in his rookie year and the last at age 36, when the Spurs defeated LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat in five games.

As the main player off the bench, Ginobili took home the 2006-07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. Despite the skill set to start, he was the first man up from the second unit for the majority of his career.

NBA.com/Stats also noted another interesting tidbit on Ginobili’s career: he has the highest winning percentage of anyone with 1,000 regular-season games played.

At .721, @manuginobili has the highest winning percentage in @NBAHistory of players with at least 1,000 career games played in the regular season. #GraciasManu pic.twitter.com/zoYvRlOkJo

— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) August 28, 2018

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So, on Aug. 30, break out your Ginobili gear and celebrate what this potential Basketball Hall of Famer did for the past 16 years. Surely, there will never be another one like him.

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