San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suggested that the core of the team will return next season after their heartbreaking elimination to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
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The Spurs suffered a 111-109 loss to the Clippers at the Staples Center in Game 7 of their opening round playoff clash, and as expected questions were raised about the future of the current Spurs coach and his team.
Tim Duncan turned 39 during this series while Manu Ginobili is 37 years old and has previously suggested that he will retire at the end of next season.
However, given the nature of their defeat this time round, it could have created doubt in the minds of all concerned as to whether or not they should come back for another go next year.
“People ask me about Tim [Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili] and myself for the last five years, what we’re going to do,” Popovich told reporters.
“It’s all psycho babble. I have no clue. We’ll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good. You think I’m lying.”
This group has five championships together and has established themselves as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history as they have continued to compete at a high level for over two decades.
General manager RC Buford anticipates that one day the team will be completely different and that it will his job to rebuild the roster without the franchise cornerstones that have been so dependable for so long.
However, he insisted that he will not rush anyone to make a decision and will speak with them accordingly over the summer to determine their future and how the organisation will build moving forward.
While it is generally expected that Popovich and Duncan will return next year, Ginobili sounded less certain of his future in the league and so it remains to be seen if the Argentine returns. as he did look to be struggling at various stages of the post-season.