A familiar face is reportedly returning to the San Antonio Spurs as one of the franchise’s most beloved players has accepted a job with the franchise.
Spurs legend Manu Ginobili has agreed to take a job as a special adviser to basketball operations, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. While he won’t have the same type of role that Tim Duncan held during his brief stint as a member of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff, Ginobili will reportedly be working closely with the players on San Antonio’s roster in order to help them develop both on and off of the court.
The 57th overall pick back in the 1999 NBA Draft, Ginobili’s professional basketball career spanned three decades and saw him capture multiple championships and personal accolades, both at the club level and internationally. He was a star in Europe before coming to the NBA, helped lead the Spurs to four NBA titles, made multiple All-Star and All-NBA teams, won Sixth Man of the Year in 2008, and helped Argentina capture multiple Olympic medals including their historic gold in 2004.
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Given the type of success that Ginobili enjoyed throughout his professional career, there really isn’t anyone better for this next generation of Spurs players to learn from as they look to build on the success that Manu, the aforementioned Duncan and Tony Parker enjoyed throughout his storied careers in San Antonio.