Manu Ginobili had his moments in the 2013 NBA playoffs but his overall performance was disappointing. He still showed flashes of his former self, but couldn’t stay consistent for the San Antonio Spurs.
Despite a relatively mediocre season by his standards, Manu decided to sign what will almost definitely be his last contract as a professional basketball player, at least in the NBA. He still loves the game of basketball and believes that he will continue working within the sport even when his playing days are over, but he has no intention to be a coach.
The two-time All-Star guard is entirely sure about one aspect of his basketball future: He never will follow in the footsteps of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
“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.”
Nash, the Canadian-born Lakers point guard and two-time Most Valuable Player during his days with the Phoenix Suns, became general manager of Canada’s senior men’s national team in 2012.