Last May, a Spanish speaking reporter asked Argentine born Spurs shooting guard Manuel Ginóbili how it felt to play in a game that very well could have been his last. Although it wasn’t a certainty, retiring seemed imminent. The legendary Argentine basketball player is turning 40 next week making him one of only 25 players in NBA history have played at that age.
Early this morning, Manu used his Twitter account to confirm his return to the Spurs for (at least) one more season.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 19, 2017
It looks like he is delaying his inevitable entrance into the Hall of Fame by another year. San Antonio fans’ have one more year to cheer for him, even though 2016 was his worst shooting year ever, at least according to statistics.
He appeared in 69 games, averaging 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.19 steals in 18.7 minutes off the bench. He scored in double figures 22 times and led the team in steals 19 times and 9 times in assists. It was his lowest score output since his rookie year.
However, the team needs him — he provides a much needed steady hand on and off the bench.