The San Antonio Spurs met the end to their season in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday, and questions regarding the futures of veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili began just minutes later.
Leaning back against a white wall and wearing a black shirt after the Spurs' 113-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Duncan left questions about his future plans unanswered, saying, "I'll get to that after I get out of here and figure out life. That's it."
Ginobili, meanwhile, said he plans to "take my time as always" in deciding whether to return to the Spurs for another season.
"Of course, it's been an amazing run," said Ginobili, 38. "We all enjoy playing with each other. I'm so proud of having played with those guys for so many years and winning so many games, and even playing with the new guys. If there's a reason why you always want to come back and keep being part of this, it's because of the amazing chemistry, the good times and the good people that you play with and spend time with. It's not always about winning a game or winning a championship. But you learn from losses, and it's important to enjoy every day. Being a part of this team, I'm very proud of it, even if sometimes it doesn't go our way."
Does that make for a difficult decision about whether to return to the Spurs for a 15th season?
"Yes, of course," Ginobili said. "If I was miserable every day and I couldn't stand the guys next to me, it would be an easy decision. It could have happened two years ago. I really appreciate everybody: the team, front office, coaches, everything. So it makes it different."
Duncan and Ginobili both have player options for the 2016-17 season. The option total on Duncan's deal is $6.4 million, while Ginobili's option total sits at $2.9 million.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have captured 126 career postseason victories together, which ranks as the most in NBA history by a trio. The trio also own the most regular-season victories in NBA history.
Asked about the futures of Duncan and Ginobili, Parker said, "Every year, it's the same thing with us. They're either going to come back or not. We'll see."