The potential retirement of Manu Ginobili started to circulate after the Golden State Warriors sweep the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. However, the veteran shooting guard believes he still has something left in his tank and opens up the possibility of returning next season.
“I do feel like I can still play,” Ginobili said. “But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not. It’s about how I feel — if I want to go through all that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire, like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I’m getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It’s getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.”
Manu Ginobili still undecided with NBA future
Manu Ginobili will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. At 39, there is no doubt that he’s already on the near end of his career. Some people believe that the Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors is the last game of Ginobili in San Antonio.
With 2:25 minutes remaining in the game, Ginobili walked off the court and received a standing ovation. This could be a way of showing appreciation to the player who helped the Spurs win four NBA championship title. However, it seems like the Argentinian guard is not yet thinking about retiring.
Ginobili still has plenty of time to decide whether he will continue playing next season or not. If he retires, he plans to spend more time with his family and enjoy traveling around the world. Ginobili said that he’ll be a “happy camper” whatever decision he makes this summer.
Coach Gregg Popovich will let Ginobili decide on his future
Coach Gregg Popovich started Manu Ginobili for the first time in the postseason since 2013. Popovich revealed that his decision was “out of respect” for Ginobili since it could be his last game as a Spur. The veteran coach said he will support any decision Ginobili will make this summer.
“Well, you know, Manu, he’s a grown man. He’ll figure out what’s best for him and his family. We started him tonight out of respect,” Popovich said. “If he decides he’s going to play again, that up to him, but I won’t try to convince him one way or the other. I don’t think he needs that.”
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