HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

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Tony Parker: When (Duncan and Ginobili) retire, it will be weird. It will create a big hole in the locker room. I hope it will be as late as possible. I know they both have another year of contract. I know they will play next year, and we'll see after that. They are healthy. Popovich takes care of players' bodies and maybe they will want to continue after that. In any case, I hope to play as long as possible with them. Basket-Infos

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"Even before I signed for the two years, I thought, 'OK, I want to sign for two years because I can and because they want me for two years, so I'm going to do it,' " he said. "But I wasn't sure that I was going to play both, depending on how I felt. But after seeing how I feel and how I still enjoy (the game), I'm pretty sure I'm going to play (both seasons)." USA Today Sports

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But for all the Spurs-driven talk about how the memory of the Finals loss haunts them still, the reality as the regular season nears its end is that they are the nightmare that won't go away for the rest of the league. And unlike last season, Ginobili is playing the part of Freddy Krueger again. "I had a terrible season," said Ginobili, who is averaging 12.5 points (on 46.8% shooting), 4.4 assists and 23.0 minutes per game this year. "I had a season where I had three tears in my hamstring, and I could never get in rhythm and it was starting to play in my head. This year, I had none (of that). ... I've been healthy. I've been strong, and I'm not thinking about my body. I'm thinking about the game. That completely changes everything. "Overall, I just sometimes look at this team, look at what we've accomplished, and say, 'I'm 36, about to be 37, playing big minutes, playing well, enjoying the situation?' I'm very lucky." USA Today Sports

Surprised at how his oldie-but-goodie San Antonio Spurs are duping the NBA world yet again? Shocked at how a team that was so demoralized by its NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat last June could bounce back to have a 53-16 record that is the best in the league? What about a 13-game winning streak that is the longest of the season for any team? Please. OK, well maybe ... "There is a little bit (of surprise)," the Spurs' sixth man told USA TODAY Sports. "We're always up there, and you'd think, 'OK, one year we'd have a bad one.' But we still stuck around and we are always up there and very consistent and we get 55 wins (in a) season. That's remarkable to be able to do it for so long." USA Today Sports

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Popovich and his Euro-darkhorse pilfering GM, R.C. Buford, are on Spurs version 3.0, having gone from the original Duncan-Robinson-Sean Elliott nucleus to Duncan-Parker-Ginobili, then to this team that was five seconds away last spring with Kawhi Leonard leading a young supporting cast. Of course, this season they’ve been hit with all sorts of injuries... saving Popovich the trouble of resting guys, who are recuperating instead. In Parker’s case, the “forseeable future” lasted 12 days before he returned to make 10 of 15 shots in a victory over Dallas. Seems like a long run, if you ever stop to think about it. “I do,” said Popovich. “So the next time it gets turned over, somebody else is going to be there.” Forbes.com

February 27, 2014 Updates

After launching himself around NBA courts with complete, reckless abandon for more than a decade, Manu Ginobili played out of his shoes Wednesday against Detroit. The talk of NBA’s Twitterverse took place late in the first half as Ginobili defended Will Bynum. Planting hard, Ginobili’s left foot burst through the side of his custom Nikes. San Antonio Express-News

The Spurs took a 20-second time, during which their support staff retrieved a replacement pair and laced Ginobili up without missing any court time. “It was a good pit stop,” he said. Ginobili was less than thrilled to answer questions about the mishap, no doubt loyal to his long-time sponsor. “That’s the topic?” he said. “I don’t know what happened. I stopped and my foot kept going. It just happened. First time it’s happened in my career. Very weird, but no big deal.” San Antonio Express-News

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At 36, Manu Ginobili, the hero of Argentina's 2004 Olympic gold medal team, knows this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain might be the last time he and his teammates from that year play together on their national team. Nevertheless, Ginobili said he will wait until the end of the Spurs' season before deciding about playing in the recently renamed FIBA world championship tournament. “Nothing changed in a year-and-a-half,” Ginoibli said, elaborating on recent comments reported by ESPN Deportes. “I never said I wasn't going to play. I never confirmed I was going to play. It's a matter of time and how my body feels. “I really couldn't say I was not going to play because I still feel part of the team and the group, so the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it's going to be hard because I wasn't ready then.” San Antonio Express-News

Having bounced back from an injury plagued 2012-13 season, Ginobili said he’s open to competing for his native country at this summer’s FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain. Provided, of course, his body holds up. “Nothing changed,” he said. “I never said I wasn’t going to play (again), I never confirmed I was going to play. It’s a matter of time, how my body feels. But yeah, I really couldn’t say I couldn’t play because I still feel part of that team. So the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it’s going to be hard. “It’s very hard (to let that go). I’ve always enjoyed playing with my teammates and representing my country. If not, I would have (retired) maybe three years ago, even before the last Olympics. It’s something I really enjoy doing.” San Antonio Express-News

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