Manu Ginobili on future: 'I have to choose between two wonderful options'

But now the season begins, and in the pass-fail world of the NBA Finals, this is the one that will define the Warriors for the ages. "I don't think he needs that".

"I started him tonight out of respect".

There was a bittersweet feeling in the stands of the AT&T Center Monday night, as the San Antonio Spurs had just been swept by the unrelenting Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Then, with Leonard out, he scored a team-high 21 points in a Game 3 loss to the Warriors.

Ginobili's uncertain future is one of many questions the Spurs are awaiting answers on this offseason. An NBA title in 2015, a 73-9 record last season catapulted made them perhaps America's most popular sports team and the acquisition of Kevin Durant for this season has the team enjoying the fruits of their labor. It felt like they wanted me to retire.

Golden State is shooting 50 percent from the field while averaging 118.3 points in 12 playoff games, while holding San Antonio, Utah and Portland to 102 points a game.

This doesn't guarantee Golden State a championship.

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors. "They create a lot for our team".

"Not having Tony and Kawhi, it takes away our two best creators", Popovich said. That response wasn't received well, especially coming from the mouth of a superstar player. "We'll be watching the Eastern Conference finals to see how that unfolds, but it will be easy to start this new chapter and really just lock in on what's in front of us". "R.C. and I will sit down and put together a plan and priorities and that sort of thing, it's no different than any other year". And in the path of Brown's second National Basketball Association championship ring (he won in 2003 as an assistant coach with the Spurs) could be King James - the player who first took him to the promised land as a head coach 10 years ago.

Ginobili had 15 points and when Popovich subbed him out with two minutes to go the San Antonio crowd gave him a standing ovation. I do feel like I can still play.

The game may have been a flashpoint in the season: Durant strangely shot just 2-of-10, as if he were trying to prove a point about something. "Whatever I decide, it's going to be great".

  • Julie Sanders