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Manu Ginobili Returns To San Antonio As Spurs Adviser

San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili of Argentina celebrates against the Miami Heat during the third quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio
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San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili of Argentina celebrates against the Miami Heat during the third quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014.

The San Antonio Spurs on Friday named Manu Ginobili as Special Adviser to Basketball Operations.

Ginobili returns to the Spurs following a 16-year playing career with San Antonio where he helped the Silver and Black capture four NBA championships.

He is the Spurs' all-time leader in three-pointers made (1,495) and steals (1,392), and his career winning percentage of .721 is the best in NBA history (min. 1,000 games), according to a team news release.

The native of Argentina had a 23-year professional career, and he's one of only two players in the history of basketball to win a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal.

He saw his jersey retired during a ceremony on March 28, 2019, at the AT&T Center following a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Fans in attendance received an exclusive commemorative Manu Ginobili hat and Manu Ginobili Fanbangos

Fans also took photos with a replica banner of Ginobili’s retired No. 20 jersey and trophies from Ginobili’s four NBA Championships with the Spurs.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Michelle Leclerq sang the Argentine National Anthem prior to the game to honor Ginobili.