Emanuel David Ginobili is much more candid than Tim Duncan ever was so this “final” (probably) year we have had much more insight into his mind. Tim would never publicly discuss the possibility like Manu has. Even tonight, he said he will think about it for 3-4 weeks before deciding whether to continue.

These glimpses into his thought process have been good for the fans. Zach Lowe got a glimpse into Argentina’s Golden Generation brought us closer to Manu’s thinking. Last season he joined Woj for an in-depth podcast. Tonight he got a giant standing ovation at home.

Tim is revered, but Manu is beloved. He speaks the language of the people, he plays with all his heart, and his fearlessness resonates with his fans in San Antonio and in Argentina.

He has made a habit of looking dead only to reappear later in the series and show why, exactly, he is still hooping for the Spurs.

He looked useless against Memphis, only to block the hell out of James Harden. He poured in 17 in the opener to these Conference Finals, and another 17 in game three. Oh and tonight he added another 15 in a valiant effort leading the youngsters against the most talented team in NBA history.

Enjoy Manu yamming on Bosh in 2014:

Enjoy the Manu game from 2013, when we thought he was done the first time:

Count me among those who think Ginobili should retire. His presence on the team is welcome, and he can still produce at the highest level against the best competition the league has. The Spurs will miss his steadying presence and knowledge on the bench, on the court, and on the road with so many new players on the roster. He has expressed interest in coaching, and that might be how he can be most valuable to this organization.

That is for later. Perhaps in 3-4 weeks.

Right now we say ‘thank you.’