In a touching slideshow posted to his Instagram, former San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green shared some memories with newly retired legend Manu Ginobili.
San Antonio lost two fan-favorite shooting guards this summer with Ginobili opting to retire and Green heading to Toronto in the Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan super trade. The departures of the two team staples sent fans into a culture shock with an entirely new rotation at the two-guard position.
Green shared a locker room with Ginobili for eight seasons including two trips to the Finals and one Championship run in 2014. The duo held down the wing for San Antonio with completely inverse playstyles for nearly a decade. Ginobili’s polarizing playmaking nicely complimented Green’s Three-and-D style of play. Unfortunately, the duo often shared minutes at the same position, meaning their playing time together was limited.
“I always hated the fact that you came off the bench and that you subbed in for me because I had the most fun when I shared the court with you,” Green remarked in his post.
As two of the longest tenured Spurs in recent history, Green and Ginobili provided veteran leadership and corporal knowledge that helped include and inspire multiple generations of Spurs such as starting point guard Dejounte Murray and forward Kyle Anderson who departed for Memphis in restricted free agency this summer
The post elicits a rush of nostalgia for anyone who experienced the duos tenure together in San Antonio. Ginobili and Green rank first and second respectively in the franchise’s three-pointers made. Over the course of his 1,057 games played as a Spur, Ginobili hit an outstanding 1,495 three’s on 36.9 percent shooting. Green’s 959 Tar-Heel Triples holds a comfortable lead of 259 three’s ahead of No. 3, guard Patty Mills.
Since his trade, Green’s expressed his love and respect for the Spurs franchise through interviews and quotes on his brand-new podcast. Regardless of where they go next in their lives and careers, both Green and Ginobili will always be remembered endearingly for their time in San Antonio.