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Spurs will have Manu Ginobili for one more season


via SI.Com

It was a bittersweet end for the San Antonio Spurs. A trip to the Finals would be a pipe dream for most NBA teams (more than half have not even made it to the Finals in the past 30 years), but for the high standard of the Spurs, it is heartbreaking to lose their immaculate Finals record. Especially since, they were one free throw away in one game, two turnovers away in the other. For Manu Ginobili, it is more painful as he made the two turnovers.

There were talks of a return to Argentina for the Manu, and possible retirement, as he was no longer the versatile wizard on the court. Perhaps just flashes, but in the Finals, he was only reliable for one game. But calls for retirement are premature. Manu can still play better than half the NBA guards.


per SI.Com:


San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili wrote in an Argentinian newspaper that he has plans to return for one more season.

Ginobili, 35, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will likely see a decrease in salary from the $14.1 million he made last season.

“After much thinking, going over and over the bad plays, I feel better and content in spite of the bad outcome, and I find it difficult to believe that I won’t play anymore,” he wrote in La Nación, via the San Antonio Express-News.

“I don’t feel exhausted or frustrated playing basketball, I mean not enough to say I’m done. I don’t know about everything; I haven’t made a decision, but I see it is unlikely that I will not play anymore.

“I try not to let the tree in front of me block the forest. This is practically an unbeatable situation in sports. A moment of anger and frustration should not cloud the day-to-day and how well I am doing over here.

“… I think they want me here again; but I’m not certain because I still can’t talk to the franchise” under NBA rules.

Ginobili averaged 11.8 points this season off the bench for the Spurs, his lowest scoring average output since his second season in the NBA.

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