Although he was originally drafted in 1999, Manu Ginobili finally joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2002.
Since then, it has been quite the ride. He was a part of their championship teams in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and then was a part of one of the most devastating losses in NBA history in 2013.
Ginobili didn’t know much about heartbreak, but like the rest of the Spurs, he felt it when the Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games in the 2013 NBA Finals. The Spurs held a 3-2 advantage in the series and had five-point lead with just 28 seconds left of game 6, but after a LeBron James three-pointer, Kawhi Leonard made just one of two free throws. Then, Ray Allen hit a three from the corner to tie things up and the Heat eventually won in overtime 103-100. The Heat then won game 7 95-88 to win their second straight title.
The Spurs vowed to avenge their loss this season and completed that goal on Sunday when they defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 to win game 5 and claim their fifth NBA Championship since 1999.
Although he is now 36 years old and injuries are starting to catch up to him, Ginobili was once again a huge part of the Spurs’ success this season. Ginobili averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, but upped those numbers in the postseason when he put 14.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game, including a fantastic closeout game on Sunday night when he scored 19 points, dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds.
After the game, Ginobili gave a very entertaining press conference and you can watch that press conference below.