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July 25, 2014 Updates

The ongoing saga of Manu Ginobili’s status for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup took yet another turn after long-time national teammate/friend Luis Scola gave a scathing interview in the Argentine media threatening to boycott the event in light of rampant corruption within the country’s hoops federation. Ginobili is scheduled to receive an update on the stress fracture in his lower right leg on Friday. But even if healthy and cleared to participate, there now seems to be a chance that Ginobili and others could follow Scola’s lead if he does indeed follow through on his threat. San Antonio Express-News

As Scola told Hernan Sartori of Clarin, “Once you know and you stay involved, you become an accomplice. All we accomplished has been squandered. We have to keep fighting for transparency. But if this becomes a circus, I won’t be able to play anymore. I won’t be an accomplice.” Ginobili and Nocioni, among others, heartily endorsed his comments on Twitter. “The captain got angry and I’m great with that. Well said,” said Ginobili. Said Nocioni, “Embarrassment! I apologize because Argentine basketball does not deserve this!” San Antonio Express-News

As you’ve probably seen here and elsewhere, the Spurs’ fifth Larry O’Brien championship trophy is in the midst of a summer tour around the world to the various hometowns of players. After heading to more exotic environs in Argentina and Australia, it was Matt Bonner’s turn to take the trophy back to his native town — idyllic little Concord, home to roughly 43,000 and capital of New Hampshire. (Dig his t-shirt: We came, we saw, we Concord.) San Antonio Express-News

July 24, 2014 Updates

“I’ve seen what the national team can do,” said Harden. “They’re a well-rounded team. Players play the right way, get to the right spot and they can shoot the ball. They play somewhat like the Spurs or try to. Height doesn’t mean anything. What’s important is heart, will and effort. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.” philstar.com

July 23, 2014 Updates
July 22, 2014 Updates

As for where he stands with the Spurs, Bertans expects he’ll be making the leap to the NBA sometime in the next two seasons. “I think they count on me as a player in the next two years.” Bertans said the Spurs were supportive of him signing with Baskonia because they’ve had a respectable relationship with the club before, when Tiago Splitter played there, while they’re also monitoring 2011 draftee Adam Hanga currently in Baskonia. Bertans also stated that his contract with Baskonia has an NBA-opt out after each season. ProjectSpurs.com

In an interview with the Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili revealed Monday that he no longer feels pain in the area of his stress fracture on his right leg, and though he remains optimistic he might still have a chance to play for the Argentine National team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he’s still being cautious and fearful not to make a definite decision just yet. Here is what Ginobili had to say Monday: “It does not hurt. I’m Optimistic, but I have doubts, I have fears. Perceive that it is (the injury) is definitely much better. When I finished the season touch felt pain when I touched that area, not now,” ProjectSpurs.com

July 21, 2014 Updates

Quixem Ramirez: Terms of Matt Bonner's contract haven't been released, but he reportedly signed a one-year veteran minimum contract ($1.45 million). Twitter @quixem

July 20, 2014 Updates

Andrei Kirilenko said that Ettore Messina leaving CSKA Moscow was the right decision for the Russian club. The Nets forward had a long interview with Sovsport. “I think that it was the right decision. A coach cannot do as Messina did during the most important game of the season saying “I am not able to coach the team, I am leaving”. You are not a player and ask for a substitution is something goes wrong. You are the mentor and you have to motivate the team. Sportando

July 19, 2014 Updates
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July 16, 2014 Updates

Kawhi Leonard withdrew from consideration for the U.S. basketball team's roster for the FIFA World Cup, saying he's learned that he needs to take a break after watching the struggles of Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during the regular season after they played through last summer for their national teams. ESPN.com

 

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