Ginobili: I retire, but not to leave will come back regularly as Duncan did.

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 Ginobili: I retire, but not to leave will come back regularly as Duncan did.


Since announcing his retirement through social media, Ginobi has used a light-hearted tone to confront the San Antonio press.

I havent had a chance to meet and talk to you since the announcement, Ginobili said. I dont want to announce my decision under such circumstances. Although I am very sure, I will still feel embarrassed. Even though I already know my decision, my fingers still tremble when they press the release key. This is not an easy decision. 23 years of life has gone through so many difficulties that it will be difficult to conclude. So I decided to come to you and answer your questions a few weeks after I announced my retirement.

Ginobili has spent 23 years in his career winning four NBA championships, one Olympic championship and one European League MVP. Ginobili admitted that he had considered carefully before making a real decision. Last season, I thought it was the last season, he said. I went to every place, encountered every situation, and knew that it would be the last time. But I still have reservations, but slowly I firmly decided to retire. I had a good season, leaving my body and spirit behind. When I went back to the team for simple training and saw the young guys on the team, I felt too far away from that and I didnt think I could play another 82 games.

Nevertheless, Ginobili had to talk to coach Popovich first. The last time Popovich tried to persuade the disciple to stay, but he finally knew it was time. Ginobili said, he tried to convince me, but he also respected my decision very much.

On September 25, the Spurs began training camp for the first time since the 1997-98 season without any of Duncan, Ginobili or Parker. Ginobili said: for Popovich, this is a challenge. Its too easy to get along with us. He is too familiar with us. It is a great challenge for him to have a new team. But these players are young and energetic and want to prove themselves. So it will be an interesting challenge. I believe Bo can do well.

For the future, Ginobili said that the future plan is changing. But he plans to stay in Sanantonio for a few months before returning to Argentina next summer. He spent some time around the team, regularly returning to the team like Duncan. Popovich once joked that Duncan could return to the team anytime and anywhere. This sentence applies to Ginobili as well.

Ginobili said: I have no long-term plan. I enjoy it very much. Over the years, Ive been preparing for the Olympics, preparing for the new season and taking care of my body. And now I can train if I want to train and send my kids to school every morning, which I couldnt do in the past. Speaking of the most important moment of NBA career, Ginobili mentioned the winning time in 2014. In 2013, spurs regretted that they lost the heat in the finals, but they came back in 2014. He said: the defeat in 2013 won me a heavy burden. Its great to be able to put these aside and help the team achieve their goals. This is a very important moment in my career. We are a great team and win the championship in a selfless and fun way. When I first won the Spurs, I didnt know how difficult it was to win the championship. But when I was 37 years old, I experienced great ups and downs, and I felt great joy. Source: NetEase sports writer: Saar tiger editor: Zhao Junxuan _NBJS7037

Ginobili said: I have no long-term plan. I enjoy it very much. Over the years, Ive been preparing for the Olympics, preparing for the new season and taking care of my body. And now I can train if I want to train and send my kids to school every morning, which I couldnt do in the past.

Speaking of the most important moment of NBA career, Ginobili mentioned the winning time in 2014. In 2013, spurs regretted that they lost the heat in the finals, but they came back in 2014. He said: the defeat in 2013 won me a heavy burden. Its great to be able to put these aside and help the team achieve their goals. This is a very important moment in my career. We are a great team and win the championship in a selfless and fun way. When I first won the Spurs, I didnt know how difficult it was to win the championship. But when I was 37 years old, I experienced great ups and downs, and I felt great joy.