Originally written July 18, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
LAS VEGAS -- The signing of Manu Ginobili for two more years, which not so coincidentally coincides with the years left on the contracts for Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, was supposed to signal the end of their road. The Three Amigos finally had an expiration date. Their truly amazing and unique run, stretching back to early this century, is coming to a close sometime in 2015. Well... "People have been trying to put a finish line on the Big Three era for a long time," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "After watching Tim play this year, I don't think any of us are trying to predict when these guys will stop be effective players. We're not looking for a finish line." Maybe not, but it sure looks like one. Duncan will be 40 and Ginobili will be closing in on 38 after the 2014-15 season. Parker, the young pup of the trio, should be going strong still, but what about his two older friends? Manu has given more than enough hints that he's this close...
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