Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/28/13
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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. Ginobili is more the Michael Jordan of Argentina than an Argentine version of Nash. The leader of the Generación Dorada core of players that represented the nation in three FIBA World Championships and three Olympics bringing home the 2004 Olympic gold medal he likely could have any position he wanted with the Argentine basketball federation once his playing days are over. Head coach however simply has no appeal. Ginobili's on-court work this past week with some of the most talented young players from across Latin America including eight apiece from Argentina and Brazil managed to get his competitive juices flowing on a chilly winter morning in Buenos Aires. “It was great fun working out with them and sharing experiences and having a good time” he said. “I've really been enjoying my time with them and all the kids we work with in Basketball Without Borders.” Ginobili acknowledged some dark days in the immediate aftermath of the NBA Finals when he wondered if his desire to play could be at the same high level that has characterized his career. His eight turnovers in Game 6 the overtime defeat in which the Spurs squandered a five-point lead in the final 28.2 seconds of the fourth quarter weighed too heavily to allow objective thought.
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