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article imageSpurs' Manu Ginobili hopes to play in NBA for another season

By Leo Reyes     Jun 26, 2013 in Sports
San Antonio Spurs' guard Manu Ginobili may not be retiring after all as news of his impending retirement became a trending topic after the Spurs lost to Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Ginobili is completing a three-year $39 million contract with the Spurs which will end this year.
In a commentary posted in an Argentinian newspaper via the, Ginobili expressed his desire to continue playing for his team in the next season.
"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 told a local newspaper in Argentina. "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, who is turning 36 next month, hinted earlier that he was considering retirement. He made an average of a little over 11 points in the last season and struggled with injuries that necessitated off court leave and recuperation.
"I really don't know," Ginobili said Saturday afternoon, when asked whether this could be his final season.
"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, who comes from a family of basketball players back in Argentina, joined the Spurs in 2002 and and has stayed with the team until 2013.
Following his recent public statements to clarify his thoughts on retirement, it appears that the popular 6'6" tall shooting guard will sign up for another season with San Antonio Spurs.
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