Former Spurs greats Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker recently participated in a charity basketball game in China, where Manu hilariously sported a wig (which can watch some of here, special thanks to lemitico for the find). They also spoke to the media, discussing life in the retirement, what they miss about the game, and of course the Spurs.
When asked what he does and does not miss the most about playing, Manu had the following to say:
“What I miss the most is the locker room, the dinners after the games. The preparation, the sense of going out there and be a team.”
“What I don’t miss is the travelling, the late games, the back-to-backs, the not being able to sleep well. Being tired or sore, I don’t miss that part at all.”
When asked how he feels the Spurs will do this season, he’s honest in that he doesn’t see them as a top 6 team but is confident they will still be very good. You can watch his entire interview here or below.
For some the video of Tony’s interview is no longer available, but thanks to News 4 San Antonio we still have some quotes. He admitted to being happy in retirement, not missing the game as much as some would think. He also fills fulfilled, having left no goals unaccomplished.
“I am enjoying life, spending time with family and kids, and do stuff that I couldn’t do when I was playing for 20 years. I have a lot more time for me. Spending more time with friends, family and vacation.”
“I don’t miss anything, I accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish.”
He is also beyond honored that his jersey will be retired, which was something he saw happening in his wildest dreams.
While we wait one more week to hear from the current Spurs when they report to training camp on September 30, hearing from former Spurs will never get old, especially when they’re as personable as these guys.