Many think that if Tim Duncan wins another NBA title he’ll walk away a champion like Ray Lewis did earlier this year after winning the Super Bowl. Duncan just turned 37 in April, this will be his 5th NBA Finals victory if the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat.
When asked whether this could be his final season on Saturday afternoon, Manu Ginboili had a surprising answer.
“I really don’t know,” Ginobili said, via ESPN.com.
“All season long I kind of knew that I was going to play one or two more years. But when you are 36 [years old] — I’m going to be 36 pretty soon — everything is a day-by-day basis. Once the season finishes and I see how I feel, I can’t imagine me not playing at least one more year here, but time will tell. We’ll see.”
Ginobili isn’t much younger than Duncan. He is also a three time NBA Champion. This is also the final year of a 3 year, $39 million contract.
“For three quarters of the season it was the physical part,” Ginobili said. “I’d say, ‘No, I can’t deal with this anymore. I’m tired of rehab and trying to be in shape all the time.’
“But at this point I’m fine physically, so you are a little more optimistic. But you know, it’s been 18 years doing this. You kind of get tired and you want to enjoy a little more time at home sometimes. You go back to Argentina to see your people, and you think about it. I’m going to have time for that too.”