Nov 11, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardTim Duncan
(21, left), guardManu Ginobili
(20, center), and guardTony Parker
(9, right) during the national anthem before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs organization does what is necessary to make sure the fans get what they want during game nights. To get a chance to see their favorite Spurs player in action and also perform at their elite game is something special to see. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have been playing on the squad for a long time and many wonder if they will return for the 2015-2016 season.
Ever since Timmy came to the league, the Spurs have improved as far as having winning records and also having great success in the playoffs. The Spurs have won 5 championships and Duncan has been involved in every single one. Duncan is known for his power forward and center abilities on the court. At the age of 39, he is still performing at his best and manages to hold his own. When there were times when he would fall down and hold his leg or ankle, many fans gasped with air thinking that Duncan was hurt. Sure enough The Big Fundamentals got back on his feet and continued to play the game he loved. Duncan has been in the league since 1997 so that tells you a lot about his longevity towards the game. He even made the NBA All-Star team for the 15 time this year for Christ sakes, so clearly he has done a lot to represent his Spurs family.
Apr 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Manu Ginobili will continue to amaze everyone. When it comes to his clutch shots at any given time of a game, bounce passes between the legs and his signature euro-steps to fake the defender, he is just being, well as coach Gregg Popovich says it “He’s just being Manu”. The Spurs fans enjoy Ginobili’s game at all cost and would hate to see him go. Even though these last couple of years, he has been dealing with injuries, he would always find a way to come back in the middle of the season and perform as many would expect. Manu was drafted in 1999, but did not play with the Spurs until 2002. He also helped the Spurs win championships and collected four rings of his own. Ginobili is a game maker and at the age of 37-years-old, he continues to come off the bench and brings it every chance he gets. One day he can be a scorer and the next day he can either be a defender or passer. It all depends on what he can still bring and at the end of the day, Ginobili knows what he must decide on for himself.
It gets to a point that when you reach a certain age and your body tells you to stop, you would listen to yourself and call it a wrap. If Duncan and Ginobili feel the need to give it up, then that is what their mind, body and soul is telling them. If you hear both of these guys tell everyone that they are not finished and are playing again next season, then please believe it. You know when you don’t have it anymore and by the look of things, these two veterans may be on their way to putting their jerseys on for next season. There is always room to hang your jerseys up when you retire, but not quite yet!