With the Spurs exiting the playoffs at the hands of the Thunder on Thursday, speculation has begun on whether San Antonio veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will retire. The one person who might know is their head coach, Gregg Popovich, but not even he is filled in on the legendary Spurs players' plans.
Popovich joked with reporters on Friday when asked about Duncan and Ginobili's pending status:
“I really don't know what they're going to do, when they do decide to move on, sometime between now and the next five years – that's a little bit of a joke – it will feel a little differently walking into the gym.”
When asked if he'll offer advice to Duncan and Ginobili, the Spurs coach continued his joking tone:
“I haven't talked to Timmy in about 11 years and Manu stopped talking to me about three or four years ago. So, I doubt it highly. They are just going to come in and say, `Pop, this is what I'm doing.' And then whatever they say, that's what I'll do.”
With younger stars in Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs are in good hands for the future. But as Andre Miller, the NBA's oldest player, is also strongly considering retirement, San Antonio's median age could drop significantly next season.
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