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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

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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

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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

One of the hardest things about reporting live is your surrounding environment. Anything can happen. Rowdy fans, background noise, planes roaring overhead - it’s all part of the business. I thought Mills and Baynes were a couple of Collingwood punters. Oops. I guess the NBA championship trophy - which has been beamed around the world countless times over the years - should’ve given it away, but my mind was fixed on reporting the latest news on Nick Maxwell, Dane Swan and the ‘Pies. I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve been punked by a bloke with a newly-minted three-year $12 million NBA contract. And I’m pretty confident in saying that I’ve never previously been photobombed with a major US sporting trophy. Melbourne Herald-Sun

July 15, 2014 Updates

Manu Ginobili: 12ys after our last game together, we meet again! Great to have him on board for another run. Welcome to SA Ettore! http://t.co/utdOuwgxDa Twitter @manuginobili

Emiliano Carchia: Ettore Messina coached @Manu Ginobili with Virtus Bologna before the Argentinean moved to the @San Antonio Spurs. He’ll coach him again next season. Manu Ginobili back in 2012: Messina is one of the most important coaches of my career. I owe him a lot and I have great respect for him Twitter @sportando

 

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