With the San Antonio Spurs' elimination from this year's playoffs last night, many people are wondering if Manu Ginobili will be back for the Spurs next season. He is 40-years-old and will be 41 by the start of next season, so retirement isn't out of the question.
Ginobili has had a fantastic NBA career so far since he joined the Spurs on a full-time basis in 2002, winning the NBA Championship four times as well as being named an All-Star twice. He's widely regarded as one of the best international players to have ever played in the league.
However, due to his age, questions about retirement this season have naturally been asked. Many NBA fans don't want the shooting guard to call it a day on his career yet, and one of those people is Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
After the Warriors defeated the Spurs 99-91 last night and advanced to the second round of the playoffs following a 4-1 first round series win, Kerr spoke to Ginobili about his future and the conversation was caught by cameras on the court.
The Golden State head coach said to the San Antonio star: "Keep going, okay? Why not?" while also adding that he reminds him of the tennis player Roger Federer, who has still kept on playing his sport for the love of the game.
This is such a special moment, as its easy for NBA fans to forget that Kerr and Ginobili were once teammates at the Spurs, winning an NBA Championship together in 2003, which was Kerr's last season before retirement.
The Spurs shooting guard finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and shot 3-of-7 from the field as well as a 3-pointer.
Many NBA fans would love to see Ginobili play one more season in the league, but there really is no need for him to carry on, as he's already achieved so much in his career. Many fans have already pointed out in the video above that it looked like the 40-year-old had made his mind up on retirement before even speaking to Kerr.
We'll have to wait and see, but whatever Ginobili decides, he's had a fantastic NBA career.
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