San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobili seriously considered retirement

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili addresses the media after game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 95-88 to win the NBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Manu Ginobili is no longer one of the scariest bench players in the league. That was blatantly obvious last season, as Manu went through tough stretches in which he couldn’t buy a bucket and got injured all too often. The frustration was so high that Ginobili admits that he certainly gave retirement some thought.

“By the end of the season–and I mean the regular season and not the playoffs– I thought about it a lot. I was so tired of it. I hadn’t suffered a muscle strain in my whole life and I went through three in four months. I felt negative, fed up. And I thought about retiring. I hadn’t come close to making up my mind but I thought it was something I had to discuss with my wife, “what if…?” She told me that it was my decision and she was fine either way. But when I recovered physically I started to feel better about it all. When the season ended I grieved for 48, 72 hours and I didn’t feel retired. I knew something was missing, that I still wanted to play….

“The physical part. Having to keep rehabilitating and getting in shape after injuries. Having to play with the parking break on because I’m coming back from a muscle strain. That wore me out and it was hard. I have a great time when I’m healthy and playing, I feel lucky playing with the team and coaching staff I play for. But the physical problems drained me.”

(via ProBasketballTalk)

In the end, Manu signed a two-year $14 million contract which is going to be his last NBA contract. Moving forward the Spurs will have to limit his minutes majorly and hope that he can still come off the bench for some explosive scoring.

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