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San Antonio Spurs: Gregg Popovich on Manu Ginobili, Vince Carter

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DENVER - FEBRUARY 20: Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets pose for a photograph before the 54th All-Star Game, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. The East defeated the West 125-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - FEBRUARY 20: Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets pose for a photograph before the 54th All-Star Game, part of 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend at Pepsi Center on February 20, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. The East defeated the West 125-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Following Sunday’s game vs. the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich spoke about the NBA’s ageless wonders.

Amidst the production from the San Antonio Spurs’ youngest players, there was a battle between two of the NBA’s oldest players: Manu Ginobili (40) and Vince Carter (41). It was a rare treat, and something that may not happen again.

On the same night, head coach Gregg Popovich, who was already one of the NBA’s oldest coaches, turned 69 years old. So, the court was full of names that have spent years in the league and made an impact, something that continues to this day.

After the game, Popovich spoke to the media about Ginobili and Carter, praising both. He said, “Those are the kinda guys, you hope they never retire,” while Ginobili chimed in on this, too.

"Those are the kinda guys, you hope they never retire…" – Pop on @manuginobili and @mrvincecarter15 pic.twitter.com/KEqZHX47MG

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 29, 2018

Retirement will arrive for these players at some point, whether it’s after this season or following the 2018-19 campaign.

For Ginobili, he nearly stayed home after the 2017 Western Conference Finals ended. It wasn’t until July that he decided to return, signing a two-year contract to at least guarantee a 16th season. He has followed that with 9.2 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting.

For Carter, it seems like he will never slow down. It’s the 20th season for the 1998 NBA Draft pick, who played for the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and now the Kings. He may only produce 5.1 points per game (a career-low number), but at 39 percent shooting from behind the arc while offering a wealth of experience, there’s still something left in the tank.

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Players like Carter and Ginobili will only be around for so long. The same even goes for a coach like Popovich. There will not be anyone like these figures.

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