Over the years the health of Manu Ginobili has been brought to light as he has battled with a variety of injury issues, which is to be expected as he just turned 36 years old.
Ginobili has two years left on his new deal with the San Antonio Spurs, and it may be his last contract in the NBA. The San Antonio Express-News has the report:
As he turns 36 on Sunday, Manu Ginobili is virtually certain the two-year, $14 million contract he signed earlier this month will take him to the end of a career that has made him one of the most popular players in Spurs history.
“I don’t see myself coaching,” Ginobili said this week from a gym in Buenos Aires, where he spent a recent morning instructing 40 of the best young players from Latin America as a participant in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. “I love the game and think I have a lot to contribute. I could see myself in a role like (Steve Nash), but I just don’t see myself full-time coaching.”
Ginobili saw most of his averages dip last season but the front office for the Spurs was committed to keeping the same group of guys around. He may not see the most playing time of his career over the next two seasons, but Ginobili still has his uses as a rotational player at worst.
The Spurs will contend for a championship again and Ginobili is a large part of that process. Unfortunately he won’t be around much long as age is finally catching up to him.
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