HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors
Manu Ginobili: For the 2nd time in my career I'm a "free agent". First time was in 2004! Let's see what happens during these days. Twitter @manuginobili
Veteran sixth man Manu Ginobili indicated he’s leaning strongly toward returning for at least a 12th NBA season with the Spurs in a first-person column at Argentine sports web site Canchallena. An excerpt, translated via Google and edited for clarity: The future? I feel better and happy for the great season despite the outcome (of the Finals), and it is very hard not to (want) to continue playing. Do not think I’m so exhausted and frustrated basketball to say “enough.” I do not know at all, (I haven’t made) a decision, but (it will be difficult) not play anymore. By now I’m more tired and saturated with these ugly situations when he was 27, but (I still like playing and am fortunate) for the role that I have. This is a situation virtually unbeatable in sports. A moment of (anger) and frustration should not overshadow the day by day and how (happy) I am here. It’s all very recent. I’ll see when the time comes. But I’m psychologically better than two days ago. I do not know what will happen but I feel that I want (to be) back. San Antonio Express-News
In May, Ginobili said he has no plans to retire. He left the possibility of retirement open a bit with comments during the Finals, but smart money says he will be back for at least one more season at a rate steeply discounted from the team-leading $14.1 million he earned in 2012-13. Nobody expects Ginobili will continue his career with any team other than the Spurs. San Antonio Express-News
If Ginobili is so disappointed that he will consider retirement — he will be 36 in a few weeks — he would not say. “It's not the moment,” he said. “I'm very disappointed. Very upset. I really can't say anything.” San Antonio Express-News
Popovich, on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili using the term "devastating" to describe Tuesday's loss, "That's how a competitor feels. A competitor feels it deeply and really, really tough loss in that regard. And I expect Manu to feel like that after the game. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“We were a few seconds away from winning the championship,” said Manu Ginobili, “and we let it go. It hurts because it’s one of those moments where you’re going to be thinking about what we could have done better in the last few possession so many times all night long, all tomorrow until the next game. I have no clue how we’re going to be re-energized. I’m devastated. But we have to. There’s no Game 8.” San Antonio Express-News
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