HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

June 17, 2014 Updates
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But teammate Tony Parker and Spurs chairman Peter Holt both expect that Duncan and Manu Ginobili — who has already said definitively he’ll be back for the last season of his current two-year deal — will return to help the Spurs defend their title. “It will come to an end but I don’t think next year,” Parker said. “I think everybody’s gonna come back.” Holt said, “Tim and Manu are going to play until they die, so I think we are in pretty good shape. Tim and Manu want to play until they die, somewhat sincerely, actually.” San Antonio Express-News

June 15, 2014 Updates

Was there ever a moment it looked like breaking up the Big Three was the best option? “There were times that other people said we should be breaking it up. But what’s the alternative? Our best alternative was to keep the group together. There were some givens. I don’t think we were going to trade Tim Duncan, and maybe others. With that being the case, assuming that wasn’t going to happen, what were you going to do? Our best solution to to keep the group together, to meet their expectations. I don’t think we really worry about anybody else’s expectations except our group’s, and the commitment we have to them.” San Antonio Express-News

At some point in their lives, Manu Ginobili’s three young sons will no doubt take pride in being the children of one of the greatest international basketball players of all time. For now, however, four-year-old twins Dante and Nicola are more focused on their favorite dinosaurs, while newborn Luca’s activities are limited mainly to sleeping and eating. And their dad, with an opportunity to clinch his fourth NBA championship Sunday on Father’s Day, wouldn’t have it any other way. “They have no clue where we are playing, what we are doing and going through, how much we are playing for,” Ginobili said. “They are just kids trying to have fun with their dad and enjoy their time. They don’t even know about Father’s Day. It really helps me in the time off. Then by the time the next game comes, you just focus and try to do the same, your job, basically.” San Antonio Express-News

June 14, 2014 Updates
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Asked to describe his evolution as a coach over 17-plus seasons with the Spurs, the reigning coach of the year astounded a room full of cynics. The essence of his answer: Learning that less is more. In that spirit, here he is, unfiltered: “I think I've learned to shut up more, and that probably is due to Manu Ginobili. When he first came, I was going to make him a heck of a player. And after 20 minutes, I realized that he didn't need me to do that. He was already a heck of a player. Sometimes being quiet and letting the player play is much more important than trying to be Mr. Coach and teach him this or teach him that. “So I think as time evolves and you get older in the business, you figure out what's really important, and you don't waste time trying to make people what they're not going to be. I didn't make him a competitor, and there is no way I could make him a non-competitor, so you've just got to figure out who people are and what they can give you and take advantage of their positives. San Antonio Express-News

June 11, 2014 Updates
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On the next possession, Ginobili threw a wild heave several feet over Tim Duncan’s head. It appeared that Ginobili could have been poked in the eye by a Miami defender shortly before the pass. “I had the ball on the top and I got poked in the eye,” Ginobili said. “When I looked up it was 7 seconds (left on the 24-second clock) and I did what I always do. I tried to make Chris Bosh commit to me, bring the blitz and I threw it to TD and it was too hard.” San Antonio Express-News

June 6, 2014 Updates

They're used to playing without air conditioning. After the AC went out in the AT&T Center, and temperatures rose over the course of the game, the Spurs' players said it didn't effect them, because it was normal going for them. "Me personally, it didn't bother me," Tony Parker said. "Felt like Europe. We never have AC in Europe, so it didn't bother me at all." "For sure, I've played more years in situations like this than with AC on the court. Not a big deal in that case," Manu Ginobili said. CBSSports.com

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