Needless to say, Sean Elliott is sad over Manu Ginobili’s retirement.
The 16-year veteran recently announced his retirement, concluding a historic career that included four NBA titles, a couple of All-Star appearances and a Sixth Man of the Year award. More importantly, he established himself as one of the greatest international players of all time and the only guy to ever win an NBA title, EuroLeague title and an Olympic gold medal.
Although the Spurs legend is sad to see another franchise great walk out the door, he did mention how it opens up the opportunity for the Spurs’ youth movement while also discussing DeMar DeRozan’s fit with the team:
Also asked Sean Elliott about Manu’s retirement….says he was an ‘unbelievable person’ more so off the court and was ‘heartbroken’ when Ginobili announced his retirement…adds he’s excited about #Spurs youth and DeMar DeRozan’s fit with the team #KSATsports #GoSpursGo #NBA pic.twitter.com/J4oea12xqk
— RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) September 11, 2018
Elliott made sure to stress that DeRozan will fit in just fine with the team when considering he’ll be flanked by other veteran leadership in LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray. Furthermore, due to the retirement of Ginobili and the free agent departure of Tony Parker, Elliott also says there’s a need for the young guys to really step up.
San Antonio has made it to the playoffs for 21 consecutive seasons, which is just one shy of tying the record for most consecutive postseason appearances by an NBA franchise, held by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers.
If the Spurs are to continue their historic postseason streak, they’re going to need a lot of new pieces to fill the void left over by Ginobili and Parker.