HoopsHype Manu Ginobili rumors

February 25, 2014 Updates

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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The schedule to come is brutality defined: Entering Friday, 12 of their next 14 games were on the road, including both the current three-game trip and the nine-game marathon affectionately known as the "Rodeo Road Trip" that so often serves as a high-point of their annual journey toward playoff contention. With usual suspects Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili already leading the way like always (they're the top three in team scoring), Popovich can only hope that this trip down memory lane with his oldies-but-goodies continues. "I'm disappointed for the team, because this is a time when we always try to make hay," Popovich said. "Historically, that 'Rodeo Road Trip,' that time before, during and after the All-Star break has always been good for us. We've got a lot of away games. It's a great time to come together and get the bunker mentality, and all that trade crap. But it works for us. So this road trip, and the one right after it, you'd like to be at full strength for that because it has been important for us getting momentum for the season. So I'm disappointed for them. USA Today Sports

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Veteran guard Manu Ginobili is perplexed that the team has thrived to such an extent because he doesn’t believe it is close to playing its best basketball. That’s a point driven home by its 1-8 record against the five best teams it has played. An amateur mathematician, the 36-year-old from Argentina said a 64-win season is not as simple as multiplying 32 times two. “I would be surprised,” said Ginobili of the prospect of a franchise record number of wins this season. “I don’t even know what the record is now. I don’t have the feeling we’re doing so well and I think of teams in the past that won 60, 62 (games). Sometimes memory plays tricks on you. Some others, the record is not a true reflection of what you are at this point. But it’s surprising that we’re at this level now.” San Antonio Express-News

January 19, 2014 Updates

It was too early to panic, too early to acknowledge the fact they hadn’t beaten a decent team. The Spurs’ first loss to the Portland Trail Blazers: A 115-105 defeat in Portland. Then a 94-88 loss in Oklahoma City in November, followed by a 112-106 loss to the Houston Rockets; a 111-100 loss to the Indiana Pacers. “When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.” San Antonio Express-News

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Ginobili finished with nine points on 3 of 12 shooting, but won the game on a squirming layup late in OT. The 36-year-old guard — who missed 22 games last season with various muscular injuries — said he was unsure if he’d be able to play Wednesday against Dallas. Ginobili indicated he might consider sitting out as a precaution against further injury, but otherwise appeared unconcerned. “I don’t care about missing one game,” Ginobili said. “I don’t want to push it and miss a month.” San Antonio Express-News

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