When Manu Ginobili announced on Twitter that he’s coming back to compete for one more Spurs championship — this time with LaMarcus Aldridge — he included the hashtag #TDwouldvemissedmetoomuch. It’s true, Duncan probably would have missed him. He and Ginobili have been running mates for a long while. They’re a year apart in age and a number apart on their uniforms. (39 and 38 years old, they wear 21 and 2o respectively.) And they apparently couldn’t pass up the opportunity, as the Spurs look loaded for the new season. (Coach Popovich agrees; he just announced he’ll coach five more years.)
Back in May, Ginobili said he would “have a little talk with Tim, who seems to be on the same ledge as me.” But Duncan wasn’t really on the edge about another season. And Ginobili only peered over the edge and ran back into Popovich’s arms. Ginobili admitted last year he was now “just another cog that helps the team run…no longer the go-to guy to solve our problems.” He must recognize that the Spurs machine is all tuned up and ready to roar. Cogs, as over time the Spurs have proved better than any other team, are very important to an engine.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 6, 2015