Manu Ginobili may have played his last NBA game, after the San Antonio Spurs lost their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.
The defending NBA champions went into Game 5 of the series with a 3-1 advantage and secured a ticket to the Western Conference semifinals with a 99-91 win on home court, thanks in part to Kevin Durant’s 25-point haul.
After the game, Durant, his teammates and Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr warmly embraced the Argentine in what looked like a symbolic goodbye for Ginobili, who finished with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 25 minutes.
The four-time NBA champion is yet to make a formal decision on his future, but he will turn 41 in July and there is a feeling his 16th season in San Antonio might have been his last.
"I've been contemplating retirement forever," Ginobili told reporters after the game.
"Nothing has changed. I just don't know. I'll let a month, two months go by and then I'll see how I feel. I'm not the type of guy that makes decisions on the fly, when you're upset, hurt or whatever. I usually let it sink in and see how it feels."
If Ginobili does indeed retire, he will do so as one of the greatest players the league has seen over the last two decades.