If you’re like me, you get most of your NBA news in Spanish. The Spurs’ Manu Ginobili is in Argentina now, and not content with merely doing an interview with a local newspaper, he wrote an op-ed piece. Subject? His future with the Spurs.
In short, Ginobili said he is not likely to retire. He wrote about it in the Argentine newspaper La Nación. I guess there’s a lot of misquoting in Argentina, so athletes just write their own stories.
“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.
Ginobili said it took him about three days to get over the loss to the Heat and to be able to concentrate on his future. His contract expires this summer.
I know I’d hate to go out on a low note, as Ginobili would be doing if he retired now.