HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

December 15, 2013 Updates

Spoelstra: Ray did what he’s done for so many years. Ginobili: Bad, very bad. Parker: We all have scars in our careers. That one is pretty deep. Duncan: It was painful. Popovich: I’ve thought about it every day. I’m anxious for it to go away. It hasn’t happened yet. For The Win

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The San Antonio Spurs lost badly Tuesday in Mexico City to a team of 4-feet-tall opponents. It wasn’t even close: 10-4. To be fair, the Spurs had to play barefoot. And they weren’t playing against any ordinary team. The kids who ran circles around the likes of shoeless NBA stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are Triqui boys from Rio Venado, a remote mountain village in one of southern Mexico’s poorest regions. Washington Post

December 3, 2013 Updates

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

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“He’s playing better now than he did at the end of last season,” Popovich said. “Part of it is he didn’t play this summer for the first time in a bazillion years. He’s had a lot of miles when you consider how many times he’s played in Europe. And he used a strength coach all summer to get stronger and build his body a bit. San Antonio Express-News

November 28, 2013 Updates

The Argentinean journalist of Ole, Julián Mozo, will publish on December 8 a book on Manu Ginobili entitled 'El señor de los talentos'. “Manu is a god in Argentina” said Mozo. The prologue of the book will be written by one of the top football players in the world Lionel Messi of Barcelona. Sportando

November 20, 2013 Updates

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, one of the more intellectually curious players in the league, says he is interested in the data SportVU generates but remains dubious of the effect it might have on the floor. “There's nothing I'm going to learn from SportVU that is going to change the way I play,” Ginobili said. San Antonio Express-News

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Q: Were you surprised by Kawhi Leonard? Manu Ginobili: "When he came I got really angry because I enjoyed playing with George Hill. I was frustrated that they had traded him for a rookie. But I didn't know who he was. Ever since his first year, despite the lockout, he showed some things. But in the second half of last season, it was crazy. You had to take your hat off. The guy can play, he deserves to have the ball in his hand and earned our respect. If you ask him, even Pop's going to say he was surprised." Ole

October 29, 2013 Updates

From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand). San Antonio Express-News

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The Spurs had been five seconds away from winning their fifth N.B.A. title in five attempts, but two missed rebounds followed by gut-wrenching 3-pointers helped Miami win Game 6 in overtime, and the Heat closed out their second straight championship two days later. No one took it worse than Ginobili. Not even a family vacation swimming with his twin sons could make him forget. “It could have been easier if every single waiter and employee and visitor of that hotel hadn’t watched the finals,” Ginobili said. “Everybody wanted to tell you that they watched it and appreciated what you did and say something about the game.” He added, “It made me remember a lot more than I wanted.” New York Times

October 17, 2013 Updates

Belinelli's ball-handling and ability to set up the pick-and-roll are expected to lessen the load on Ginobili. "I'm happy to be playing with him," Ginobili said. "We are going to be playing together a lot. It's going to be a great opportunity for us to have fun together and play well. We've got to get to know each other. What he's going to give us is another creator, another generator of situations, he can play pick and roll, he can finish and he can shoot. He's a very good shooter overall. "Usually I've been the one creating for shooters, so we're going to be sharing that job so it's going to be interesting to see how we play together." NBA.com

October 15, 2013 Updates

When the San Antonio Spurs sent an intern to Argentina in July to ferry a new contract to guard Manu Ginobili, it seemed a routine trip. The Spurs preferred hand delivery to the mail. A previous contract had been brought for Ginobili to sign on his honeymoon. Hours before the Spurs’ intern was to fly home from Buenos Aires, team officials said that he was strafed by a bird in a park. As he tidied up at a fountain, his backpack disappeared. Inside were Ginobili’s signed contract, along with the intern’s passport, cellphone and laptop. New York Times

Luckily, an international sports crisis was averted. An assistant traveling to Buenos Aires soon after brought a fresh contract and returned it to Texas without incident. “No birds got to him,” Sean Marks, the Spurs’ director of basketball operations, said with a laugh. “We were all waiting for Manu’s contract to show up on eBay. It hasn’t yet.” New York Times

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