As he turns 36 on Sunday Manu Ginobili is virtually certain the two-year $14 million contract he signed earlier this month will take him to the end of a career that has made him one of the most popular players in Spurs history.
The two-time All-Star guard is entirely sure about one aspect of his basketball future: He never will follow in the footsteps of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
“I don't see myself coaching” Ginobili said this week from a gym in Buenos Aires where he spent a recent morning instructing 40 of the best young players from Latin America as a participant in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. “I love the game and think I have a lot to contribute. I could see myself in a role like (Steve Nash) but I just don't see myself full-time coaching.”
Nash the Canadian-born Lakers point guard and two-time Most Valuable Player during his days with the Phoenix Suns became general manager of Canada's senior men's national team in 2012.
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