Gi­no­bili con­tent with re­tire­ment

The Freeman - - SPORTS -

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Manu Gi­no­bili walked into the San An­to­nio Spurs prac­tice fa­cil­ity and saw the in­tense ef­forts of his young team­mates in pre­sea­son work­outs.

Gi­no­bili had put him­self through those same work­outs for 16 sea­sons. But this Au­gust morn­ing, the 41-yearold re­al­ized he couldn't. For a player who has lit­er­ally thrown him­self into his bas­ket­ball ca­reer, the re­al­iza­tion his body and spirit were no longer will­ing ce­mented the de­ci­sion to walk away from the NBA.

"I couldn't see my body go­ing through that kind of grind again," Gi­no­bili said Satur­day dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Spurs prac­tice fa­cil­ity. "I felt that I had a good sea­son, that I left ev­ery­thing that I had in the pre­vi­ous sea­son both phys­i­cally and men­tally."

Gi­no­bili was thought­ful, self­ef­fac­ing and funny in his first in­ter­view since an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment Aug. 27 on so­cial me­dia. He steps away af­ter help­ing San An­to­nio win four of its five NBA ti­tles, the last com­ing in 2014.

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