Take this for whatever it is worth, but Ginobili knew all four camp invites by first name.
Ginobili: "After 12 years being coached by him, you kind of know what gets him very mad. I'm very experienced with that."
Manu said he's trying to give the camp fodder advice on how not to piss Pop off -- no dumb fouls (ahem), running back in transition D.
Manu also said he's seen Diaw walk his dogs with the Segway: "I know. I know. It's so Bobo. It doesn't surprise me a lick."
Manu on Diaw's vacation photos: "Please don't make me comment, especially after a practice like today."
Asked if Spurs have rookie rituals, Ginobili said they only have to bring donuts. "And I haven't had a donut for 7 years, so I don't care."
Manu Ginobili: Would have been an accountant if not for basketball.
Kyle Anderson on early impressions of Duncan & Manu: "Those guys have been very welcoming."
Manu's out working on his mid-range jumper with shooting coach Chip Engelland.
Of course, I am the resident beard king. But Ginobili is poised for serious threat to the throne. Might need some Lannisterian subterfuge.
Manu's beard is exceptionally thick and manly. I give him flawless victory over Pop, Duncan, rest of Spurs beardos. http://t.co/86jVYJBfvZ
Manu: "Of course you are not as hurt. Usually a hurt animal is more dangerous. We're going 2 have to work mentally to have the same desire."
Manu Ginobili waxed poetic on the difference between starting a season as defending champs, and what happened to Spurs the season before:
Takeaway from Manu, made absolutely no bones about still being ticked at Pop, Spurs for barring World Cup. "I was hurt, and I'm still hurt."
Manu sobre Becky Hammon: "Es una incorporación lógica porque la temporada pasada trabajó mucho con nosotros. Nos ayudará"
Manu on Hammon: It was a natural addition. A great basketball IQ. She's going to really help us.
Ginobili: I'm cleared to do everything, just not as long as my teammates. I'm behind conditioning wise.
Ginobili: I think Becky was a natural addition. She worked with us all year long. We always got to talk to her. She has a high basketball IQ
Ginobili: I played with Kyle Anderson two days. What I saw is he really takes advantage of his size and has a high basketball IQ.
Manu: Of course we are not hurt, and a hurt animal is more dangerous. We will have to maintain our motivation. We have a great opportunity.
Ginobili: were not as hurt as we were last year and usually when you're hurt you're more dangerous. We have to work on our mentality.
Ginobili on Messina: A great thing for me. He was a key factor in what I am today. To reunite 12 years later in this environment is great.
Ginobili: Messina has the experience, potential and knowledge to be a head coach some day.
Ginobili: it's great to have Messina here. I have a ton of respect for him. He was a key factor in my development.
Ginobili on World Cup: We had a talk (to clear the air with Buford, Pop.) I was hurt. I understand why they did it. But I didn't like it.
Ginobili: Before the playoffs I knew something was wrong.
Ginobili: We had a talk, I'm still hurt (by not being allowed to play in the world cup). Bottom line, I was not ready.