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Manu Ginobili: ‘I don’t care that much about legacy’

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili might soon face the same dilemma as his former teammate, Tim Duncan — the thought of retirement.

If he hasn’t already done so, the 39-year-old will at least have some thoughts on when it would be the right moment for him to do so.

The Spurs have gotten slightly younger with the additions of Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, and LaMarcus Aldridge over the past few years, but make no mistake, this is a team rooted on its veterans, storied veterans that have carved up championship after championship by leaving the nucleus intact.

If Ginobili chooses to retire after this season, he’ll leave a 15-year legacy behind — but he doesn’t seem to care about it one bit.

“You know, I don’t care that much about legacy,” Ginobili told Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News. “I think you got to live in the present and once it’s over, it’s over. I’m not going to live off the past. I don’t want to be living at (age) 45 thinking about all the accomplishments, the seasons and the All-Star games, or whatever. I hope I don’t care. The legacy is whatever people want to be.”

“I really don’t. Well, at least I’m telling that you now. In 10 years I could become a grumpy man because I don’t get people talking about me (smiles). Hopefully I don’t. I don’t believe so. But the legacy thing is the past and I don’t think it’s that important, at least for me. [For] some people it is.”

While the Argentine’s career numbers of 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists don’t pop out to most fans, it’s his innovative approach to basketball that will be remembered — his awkward finishes in the lane, his greatly exaggerated pump-fake, and his ground-breaking flair in the most unexpected situations that left Sir Charles Barkley with his mouth agape more times than we can count.