Ginobili Still Has The Stuff Needed To Keep Playing

manu-ginobili-goodbyeAfter his team was swept by the Golden State Warriors in Western Conference Finals, shooting guard Manu Ginobili decided he’ll take some time to ponder his future before announcing whether or not he’ll return next season to the San Antonio Spurs.

At 39 -he’ll turn 40 in July – and after 14 seasons in the NBA, Ginobili could follow the trail taken by the legendary Spurs power forward Tim Duncan last year.

However, Ginobili is still moving around the court as if he were in his early twenties. His experience and game skills have been key for the Argentine to continue guiding and dazzling the Spurs despite his age.

And if you have any doubts just ask head coach Gregg Popovich. Manu was after all the one who stopped James Harden’s last second three-point attempt in game five of the Western Conference semifinals to help the Spurs advance.

However, that was not his best or only moment of this postseason. The Spurs shooting guard displayed his entire arsenal as he used behind-the-back passes, spectacular points, solid defense and a strategic thinking seen only in NBA legends.

Due to the many injuries his team was dealing with and also just in case this turned out to be Ginobili’s last game, Popovich decided to put Manu in the Spurs’ starting lineup in the fourth game against the Warriors, after not doing so since March 24, 2014.

With Kawhi Leonard, and Tony Parker injured, Popovich knew that Ginobili was the Spurs’ best weapon to try to slow down the Warriors. He didn’t disappoint as he scored 15 points and had seven assists in 32 minutes of play.

When Popovich decided to sit Ginobili with 2:25 left, and Knowing perhaps that this was maybe the last time they would see him in a Spurs uniform, the loyal fans gave Ginobili a standing ovation as he left the court.

If this happens to be his last performance on a basketball court it was more than a fitting goodbye from the Argentine star.

His current role as sixth man favors him to continue his career and the Argentine seems to have enough fuel left to play perhaps another season because, but now Ginobili has to make that decision.

During his career Ginobili averaged 14 points, 3.7 rebounds, four assists and 1.4 steals in 26.3 minutes per game.

Few NBA players have achieved so much in their careers. Selected by the Spurs in the 57th position (2nd round) of the 1999 draft, Ginobili won four championship rings -2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014- and appeared in two All-Star Games.

In addition, with Argentina’s national team he won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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