Hey Spurs, listen up. Here's a good reason to make sure this lockout doesn't wipe out an entire season: Because Manu Ginobili, who has two years left on his contract, said he'll probably retire after those two seasons.
So lose this year and you miss out on 50 percent of what you might have left with Manu. At least that's what he told an Argentinian website:
“The truth is that I have set the date of my retirement, but I have two years left on this contract in San Antonio, and I will reach age 36. I think it may be an appropriate age to stop playing,” Ginobili stated. “I never had the desire to play in the country and retire at home. I always thought about retiring at the highest level.”The reason that last part is important is because there was some speculation that Ginobili, 34, would finish his NBA contract and then close his career in Europe or maybe his native Argentina. But, obviously, he's not too keen on that idea.
There's been a lot of talk about the Spurs' window closing. Talk that originated from Tony Parker, really. But it's true. The Spurs don't have a lot of time left to win with the current core. By the sounds of it, it might just be two years. Or one, depending on how things shake out.
The NBA without Manu. Tough to imagine. Don't make me miss out on one of those years. That'll be tough to forgive, NBA.
Via Project Spurs