HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

October 7, 2013 Updates

While Tim Duncan bought controlling shares in the blue-chip stock known as the bank shot, teammate Manu Ginobili invested his resources in a little-known start-up. Thanks in large part to him and Miami guard Dwyane Wade, the winding, crafty misdirection dribble known as the Euro Step has become a household name in hoops circles. Ginobili didn’t devise the move. As a recent ESPN segment correctly notes, that credit goes to former Warriors guard Šarunas Marciulionis, a member of the first wave of foreign pioneers in the late 1980s and early 1990s that paved the way for the likes of Ginobili, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki. San Antonio Express-News

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The NBA offseason isn't long enough to alleviate the various ailments that nag every player. Though training camp doesn't begin until Oct. 1, Ginobili will begin his preparation for the 2013-14 season with San Antonio Spurs trainer Matthew Herring in Argentina. Via ESPN Deportes: "Last week I was with some health problems," Ginobili said. "I had to travel to Buenos Aires and I could not train like I wanted. Came into a rhythm and I lost all at once, so this week I hope to train hard to get it back. I'm also doing physical work to complement." So far, so good. "It's getting him in shape for the season and I'm working with him to re-evaluate and make changes if need," Herring said. "So far everything is going very well. ProjectSpurs.com

August 21, 2013 Updates

Thoughtful and candid as ever, Ginobili reflected on that and scores of other topics — including what might have happened had he met his idol, Michael Jordan, as a kid — in a no-holds-barred interview with Argentine newspaper La Nación. You can read the full, translated version at Pounding the Rock courtesy of J. Gomez. Some samples … How close he came to retiring over the offseason: By the end of the season — and I mean the regular season and not the playoffs — I thought about it a lot. I was so tired of it. I hadn’t suffered a muscle strain in my whole life and I went through three in four months. I felt negative, fed up. And I thought about retiring. I hadn’t come close to making up my mind but I thought it was something I had to discuss with my wife, “what if …?” She told me that it was my decision and she was fine either way. But when I recovered physically I started to feel better about it all. When the season ended I grieved for 48, 72 hours and I didn’t feel retired. I knew something was missing, that I still wanted to play. San Antonio Express-News

The criticism he got during the playoffs, something he’s rarely experienced during his career: Strange. You usually read things in the newspaper or hear them through other people. But during the playoffs, for example, I’m isolated, bulletproof. I don’t read anything, don’t watch highlights, nothing. At first those criticisms didn’t reach me, I only had to deal with my own. I knew how I was playing and what I can give the team. But when I started to get questions in a specific tone, that’s when I realized: “Something must be happening. I’m being criticized. Otherwise, they wouldn’t ask me that.” I started to realize that they were saying I wasn’t playing at my level and it was weird. Especially in the playoffs. It had happened in other times of the season, when I was injured and they were saying that it wasn’t the same, that the best of Ginobili was in the past. This time it was during the playoffs. It was weird and it hurt. Because I have a well-developed ego and, like I said, I was always proud to say I never under-performed in the playoffs. I had that credibility in my career. So when that happened this season, it hurt. San Antonio Express-News

August 20, 2013 Updates

Recently, Ginobili sat down for a candid and revealing interview with the Argentinean paper La Nación, and J. Gomez at Pounding the Rock was thoughtful and diligent enough to translate and transcribe it for us. In the back and forth, Ginobili comes clean on a season that truly seemed to wear him down, especially as he struggled to provide Manu Ginobili-esque play as the playoffs trudged along. What was weighing on you? Because you clearly weren't and aren't tired of basketball The physical part. Having to keep rehabilitating and getting in shape after injuries. Having to play with the parking brake on because I'm coming back from a muscle strain. That wore me out and it was hard. I have a great time when I'm healthy and playing, I feel lucky playing with the team and coaching staff I play for. But the physical problems drained me. Yahoo! Sports

This year, like never before, you looked weak A lot of times this year I've been told I looked weak, vulnerable, fragile. I have no reason to hide. I'm no less of a man for feeling that way or for having played poorly. Yes, so what's the problem? I will be criticized? Fine. I swear I gave everything I had and I tried to win, like I always have. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. I won't blush or feel embarrassed for saying it. I felt vulnerable and I expressed it. I didn't have a reason not to. It's true. It was the first time I've felt that way. Yahoo! Sports

July 28, 2013 Updates

He even wondered if the Spurs might prefer to move forward without him. It wasn't until he spoke with Popovich a few days after the setback in Game 7, then with general manager R.C. Buford a few hours after becoming a free agent July 1, that he was convinced he remained a vital part of the team's immediate future. “After the Finals and after the first of July, I just wanted to hear from R.C. and Pop what their plans were,” Ginobili said. “I wanted to hear if they wanted to keep the group together. You never know. “R.C. said he wanted me back, and then there was nothing else to say. I was sure after the first talk that I was going to stay.” San Antonio Express-News

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Ultimately, the Splitter and Ginobili deals may be seen as shrewd roster management. A few hours after Ginobili's salary hit the Internet, some of the league's smartest basketball executives marveled at Buford's masterful manipulation of the rules that govern roster building. “It's pretty clear what they're doing,” said one league executive who has been building rosters for most of the past 15 seasons. “With these two contracts, they're going to be just under the (projected salary) cap. Then they'll sign back Gary Neal, go just over the cap and, presto! They've qualified for the full mid-level cap exception, a little more than $5 million. That's going to make them a player for some good free agents who will be looking for jobs.” San Antonio Express-News

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