Spurs’ Ginoblili Not Thinking Retirement
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s contract expires at the end of the season. He will be 36 years old next month. Numbers-wise, he is coming off one of the least productive seasons of his NBA career. He is shooting 38.3 percent in the playoffs.
Put all of the above together, and it is natural to ask: Win or lose, could the upcoming NBA Finals mark the last ride for one of the most beloved players in the Spurs history?
Ginobili answered in no uncertain terms Friday.
“I’m not planning on retiring,” Ginobili told the Express-News.
Ginobili admits the injury plagued nature of his 11th season — he missed 22 games with a variety of ailments to his hamstring, calf and back — has weighed on him at times. But he says he feels healthy enough to play at least one more season, hopefully with the Spurs.
“There are some days, you’re depressed because you’re hurt and you want to say, ‘The hell with that,’ ” Ginobili said. “But I love doing this a lot. Hopefully it’s going to be here.”