HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

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He faces stiff competition from 15 other candidates, including Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid, who leads Ginobili in first place by about 2,000 votes, and two of his own teammates, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. “I’m enabling them to do well, carrying them,” Ginobili joked of his teammates at Tuesday’s shootaround. “I’m the defending champion, so I may have relaxed a little bit.” San Antonio Express-News

“I’m going to try my hardest (to win),” said Diaw, who is currently fifth in the voting. “I’ve been practicing a lot, probably more than basketball. Me and Patty, we’re going to team up and put our counts together and try to hype this up.” San Antonio Express-News

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Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are among 16 nominees up for Hoops Hype’s 2014 Tweeter of the Year. Ginobili currently sits in second, about 2,000 votes behind Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid. Diaw and Mills are in fifth and sixth, respectively. All three are obviously active on the popular social media site, particularly Ginobili. He won the award last year, posting everything from math riddles for local high school students to win Spurs tickets to candid pictures of his young sons. San Antonio Express-News

You chose Clippers' Jamal Crawford and Spurs' Manu Ginobili as the top NBA tweeters the last two years, but who's been No. 1 in 2014? Make your pick here. HoopsHype

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But they are also old school in that they have retained their core talent in a way that predates free agency, back to when players had no choice, back to when Red Auerbach, the Boston patriarch, would respond to a player’s plea for a raise by asking, “How would you like a trade to Cincinnati?” “All these guys, the core guys, they’ve made less money in San Antonio than counterparts all across the league — people who will say they gave up that, they gave up this,” Popovich said. “But these guys have given up real money with every new contract to stay together. These guys care about quality of life, and it falls into the way they play.” New York Times

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Sure, the Indiana forward acknowledges, it would have been nice to join the Spurs back in 2007-08 and play with Manu Ginobili, his best friend and fellow Argentine. But there is another lost opportunity he regrets even more. “To have a chance to play with Manu would have been big, but I played with Manu every summer,” Scola said Tuesday. “The chance to play with Tim Duncan, that will always be hard to miss, because he’s my biggest hero.” San Antonio Express-News

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Yet in this era in which the "Big Three" model is hailed as the only path to championship prominence, the more subtle role of a sixth man can often make or break a team's title hopes as well. "It's not as common as you may think, given the success we've had," Ginobili told USA TODAY Sports. "But I understand when 20- to 23-year-old guys don't want to do it. They think they can take the NBA by storm. They want to (get) their numbers. They want to get paid. So I can imagine why they don't want to do it early in their career." USA Today Sports

But as 30-year-old Iguodala sees it, there's more to it than money. The simple desire to start and attain that status, Iguodala said, is something that starts early in most players' lives and never seems to leave. "Guys are wired like that from a young age," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean I've been playing basketball since I was five, and you're just so used to just starting the game. Even when you're young, it's 'Starters vs. Scrubs.' That was kind of the (mentality). "If a guy is in front of you, then it's like, 'Well the guy is in front of me so I've got to go get his job.' Really, in the NBA, it's 'I need to get paid like a starter.' A team is not going to say, 'I'm going to spend $10 million for a guy to come off the bench.' A team is not going to do that. Or it's very, very rare." USA Today Sports

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