Manu Ginobili speculated that he could be retiring this summer. He is 36 years old and cited the grind of the NBA season becoming too much for him to handle physically. As one of the 3 most popular athletes in Argentina, alongside Lionel Messi, he told those fans his plans first. He wrote for a paper in Argentina, as reported and translated by the San Antonio Express-News.
“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.
“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.