Manu Ginobili has a blueprint that he uses to determine how long his playing career will extend.
It’s pretty simple: If Ginobili continues to have fun coming to work everyday, retirement will be delayed.
“As long as I’m happy and enjoying [basketball] on a daily basis,” said Ginobili after a team practice on Thursday. “That’s [been] my goal in the last two or three years.”
The 39-year-old forward re-signed with the Spurs on a one-year, $14 million deal over the offseason, though the Philadelphia 76ers were aggressively pursuing his services, too.
Ginobili proved he still has plenty of basketball left. He averaged 9.6 points 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 58 games last season. Before suffering a testicular injury in a Feb. 3 contest against the New Orleans Pelicans, those stats read: 10.0 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds.
Ginobili then averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the Argentina national basketball team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Though Tim Duncan decided to call it quits over the summer, Ginobili said his future wasn’t influenced by his longtime teammate.
“Those type of decisions that defines your future … and family and all of that usually doesn’t depend on what Tim does,” said Ginobili. “I just felt like I still wanted to do it. That I can help the team. That I enjoy it. That I’m healthy. That was the main key.”
Asked if he has a time frame on how long he wants to continue playing, Ginobili responded: “Not at all.”
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) September 29, 2016