Manu Ginobili's Son Wanted Him To Play One More Season With The Spurs So He Could Eat More Chicken Tenders

Manu Ginobili has revealed that his eldest son Nico wanted him to change his mind about retiring so he could continue eating the "awesome" chicken tenders in the family room at the AT&T Center.

The former San Antonio Spurs star called time on a 23-year basketball career at the end of last month, having spent all of his time in the NBA with the Texas-based side. And it must have been a huge decision for him and his family.

According to Ginobili, though, his eight-year-old son Nico was the hardest person to convince.

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The 41-year-old Argentinian spoke to the San Antonio media for the first time since his Twitter announcement and opened up on how the conversation went with his family.

Referring to his kids, he said: "They were excited that Dad is not gonna be traveling as much, that we were going to be able to go to Argentina."

"They said, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Nico, though, needed to add his two cents, of course, his father let him air his views on the matter.

"I don't want you to retire, Dad," the youngster said.

Ginobili might have reconsidered his decision, but he needed a reason and would prompt the boy for one. "Well, the chicken tenders in the family room are awesome," was the answer.

The ex-star promised to get his son chicken tenders but told him that it couldn't be his reason for staying.

Ginobili began his basketball career in Argentina before moving to Italy. He joined the Spurs in 2002 and helped them win four NBA titles. He also won an Olympic gold medal with Argentina, among several other accolades, including a EuroLeague MVP Award.

After a 16-year spell in San Antonio, he has decided to step back from the game. He claims his mind was made up when he returned to the team this summer for workouts.

"I took last season mentally as my last season," he explained. "So every place I went, every situation, I kind of knew it was going to be the last one. But I left the door open, just in case. Slowly, the door started to close more. I couldn't see my body going through that kind of grind again. I felt that I had a good season, that I left everything I had in that previous season both physically and mentally.

"When I came back here and I came to work out a little bit, to lift, bike or whatever, I saw Bryn [Forbes], I saw Dejounte [Murray], I saw some of the guys working out and preparing for the season. And I was so far from that.

"That's when I said, 'For sure, this is it.' There was a little bit of that door opened, but it closed pretty quick. I couldn't see me getting ready for another 82-game season, 65 in my case."


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