HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

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

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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

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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

June 5, 2014 Updates

Manu Ginobili is almost as good with the media as he is on the court — cooperative, thoughtful, humorous. Until the subject turns to his performance in last year’s playoffs, triggering a reaction worthy of his cantankerous head coach. “I’ve said it probably 3,000 times already,” said Ginobili, jaw clenching after a recent practice in preparation for the Spurs’ Finals rematch with Miami. “I had a tough season. I was healthy, but mentally I wasn’t as always. I wasn’t good with the game. Physically, I was fine.” San Antonio Express-News

So disheartened was Ginobili that he contemplated retirement, re-signing for two more seasons only after he was certain the only NBA team he’s ever played for truly wanted him back. “It was a tough playoffs last year. Even with all that, we were so close,” said Ginobili, who shot 39.9 percent in the 2013 postseason. “That was the frustrating part — not because I didn’t play great, but the combination of things. Hopefully I do better (in the Finals) and I help the team win. That’s the main goal. I really don’t care how I do with points and percentages and stuff. I want to help the team win.” San Antonio Express-News

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"We have to be way smarter and sharper," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who only played 11 minutes and had five points. "If we let them push us around and we're not strong with the ball, that's when they get us on our heels and we stop attacking the way we do. We know we've got to play games close to perfection (against them). We said it already, and the first two were really sharp. After that, we kind of stopped. Both games here, they just outplayed us." USA Today Sports

May 27, 2014 Updates

The joke that began with Gregg Popovich's visit to the interview podium Sunday after the Spurs' Game 3 loss to Oklahoma City was still alive Monday morning. Manu Ginobili, like OKC's Serge Ibaka supposedly was before him, could be out for the rest of the playoffs. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. “We're doing all the tests,” a wise-cracking Popovich said before leading his team through a practice at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “One never knows. We've been surprised by part of what he's done recovery-wise, so we'll see.” San Antonio Express-News

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