I’m very sad that last night may have been Manu Ginobili’s last game. I grew up watching “The Big Three”: Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan. To think that Parker could potentially remain the only Spurs player from the era of the “The Big Three” is unbelievable to me because I can’t believe time has passed by that fast.
On the other hand, it has start to become a pet peeve of mine for players to have everyone guess whether this particular season will be their last. What is the big deal with announcing that the upcoming season will be your last? And please don’t say something to the effect of “Kobe Bryant was arrogant for announcing his final season ahead of time” when David Robinson — a Spurs legend — did the same thing 15 years ago!
If I was the executive producer of a TV show and I was thinking about ending my show, people would want to hear me tell them ahead of time instead of spending a whole year guessing. I can guarantee you a lot of people would be angry if they watched the season finale and then, sometime in the summer, I announce that the season finale was in fact the series finale.
I think a lot of people just want to assume that those who announce their final season as a player ahead of time do so to receive a farewell tour, in a self-important kind of way, and that may not be completely true. For me, if I was in that position, I would want to give my fans a final chance to see me again. And I don’t say that as an egotistical thing. I say that to mean that without the support of many loving and devoted fans, celebrities wouldn’t be celebrities. Again, if I was in such a position, it’d be the least I could do in return for my fans.
Perhaps this was, in fact, Ginobili’s last game. If so, I can personally say I was lucky enough to see him play one last time, this past season. And I have no doubt his jersey will be retired just like Timmy’s. Judging by the outpouring of love in the AT&T Center last night, I’m inclined to believe this was actually his last game. Now, whichever Spurs player decides to retire next (hint: Pau Gasol and/or Tony Parker), I would say to them: please announce ahead of time that you’ll be retiring!