The San Antonio Spurs are trudging off into an uncertain summer, their NBA title defense having come to an end in the first round against the LA Clippers.
No one quite knows what the future holds for Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and Manu Ginobili; Ginobili told the press following the devastating 111-109 Game 7 loss that retiring is definitely on the table, but that no final decision has been made.
Manu’s deal with the Spurs expires July 1.
Per the Express-News:
“I don’t know,” Ginobili said. “(Retirement) could happen easily. I still don’t know what I want to do and I don’t want to make decisions right after the disappointment of a game like this. […] I’ll have a lot of time. I’ll see my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I’m ready to go at it again. And I guess the Spurs are going to have to see what they want to do, also. It’s not a topic to talk about now. Still too early.”
“I am way slower than I used to be and I can feel it,” he said. “Sometimes it’s hard, but you understand it. I’m close to being 38 so I don’t expect to be the same as 25, but it’s not like I was always in pain like a couple years ago. That is something that is draining.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich refused to address the issue of potential retirement for Ginobili and 39-year-old team captain Tim Duncan. […] “People ask me about Tim and Manu and myself for the last five years what we’re going to do,” Popovich said. “It’s all psychobabble. I have no clue. We’ll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good.”