SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili said after the season he would take his time making a decision whether to return next season, and that’s exactly what he’s doing according to his older brother, Sebastian “Sepo” Ginobili.
Sepo Ginobili said in recent interview with ESPN Radio in Argentina that Manu has not made a decision on whether to return for another NBA season.
Ginobili said if Manu feels like he can play and contribute, then he will play.
He added some of the doubt surrounding Manu’s return centers around the overall time expended, training and travel of an NBA season.
Sepo Ginobili said if his brother feels as if he can compete at a high level and help the team win games, he would consider returning for his 16th season with the Spurs.
Manu Ginobili played in 69 games during the regular season, and averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.
He also played in 16 playoff games and after a slow start to the postseason, averaged nearly 14 points per game in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State.
Ginobili also made the game-winning block in Game 5 of the Spurs-Rockets series.
After the Spurs lost to the Warriors on May 22, Manu Ginobili said he wanted to let it, "sink in for three weeks, four weeks.”
"Then I’ll see with my wife and see how it feels," Manu Ginobili said. "Whatever I decide to do, I’ll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, and truly wonderful options.”
"One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. I have a wonderful family.”
"Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it’s going to be great,” Ginobili said.
Sepo Ginobili will join this Spurs this summer as an assistant coach for San Antonio’s summer league team in Utah.
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