San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili has revealed that it is highly unlikely that he will continue to play beyond the end of the 2015/16 season.
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The 37-year-old began his professional career in Argentina when he was 18 years of age before spending four years in Italy ahead of his switch to the NBA.
Ginobili has remained with the Spurs since 2002, and in that time he has established himself as a legend of the organisation after helping them to multiple championships under coach Gregg Popovich.
San Antonio won their fifth championship last season and although they made a slow start to this campaign, they appear on track to be a force in the playoffs yet again.
However, they will likely have Ginobili and Tim Duncan for another year before both franchise cornerstones opt to call time on their playing careers.
“Every retired player tells me, ‘Enjoy it, play one more year,'” Ginobili told La Nacion, as translated by HoopsHype.
“And well, I’ve been doing this for 19 years and if it’s not at the end of the season it will be the following year. Then it’s over and it won’t come back.”
Ginobili has missed 53 regular season games over the past two seasons, but that has been a combination of injuries and Popovich resting him in order for him to be ready for the playoffs.
While the Argentine has also confirmed his international retirement with immediate effect, Spurs fans will hope to see him have a major impact in the post-season this year before enjoying seeing him in a San Antonio jersey for the final year next season.