Ginobili can’t get rhythm, not sure of future
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO — This might be it for Manu Ginobili, and what an unfitting finish that might be.
The San Antonio Spurs guard who has struggled during the playoffs called the chances that he would retire this summer remote at practice on Saturday at the AT&T Center, but it was enough to make you ponder what would be an imperfect possibility.
Rare is the star who goes out on top. But should the Spurs falter in the Finals — they’re tied 2-2 with the Miami Heat — this would be no way to go out for one of the most exciting players the game has known.
Injuries hampered what was one of his worst regular seasons, and now it seems his rhythm has gone missing at the worst of times for the Spurs. With San Antonio hoping he can break out of this funk in Game 5, Ginobili – who will be a free agent in July – admitted that the collective toll taken during his celebrated career is catching up with him.
“All season long, I thought – I kind of knew – that I was going to play one or two more years,” Ginobili said. “But when you are 36, and I’m going to be 36 pretty soon, everything is on a day by day basis. So once the season finishes, (I’ll) see how I feel … I cannot imagine me (not) playing at least one more year here, and we’ll see. Sometimes I do think about retirement, but then I say no, no. I really love what I do, and I’m very lucky to be in an environment like this so I really can’t picture myself being retired already.”
Much like his game these days, his words lacked confidence or conviction. Ginobili, who was asked if his considerations for retirement were more related to the physical factors or psychological, is clearly unsure what his future holds.
“For three quarters of the season, it was the physical, where I said, ‘No, I can’t deal with this no more. I’m tired of rehab and trying to be in shape all the time,” … [For more on Manu Ginobili can't get his rhythm, not sure of future, click here.]