Herb Rudoy Rumors
The Lakers owned the 19th, 40th and 48th picks in the draft. They used their first-round pick on Javaris Crittenton, a guard from Georgia Tech. “I don’t want to look smarter than I am,” Filippi said. “If we were that smart we would have taken (Gasol) at 19 instead of Crittenton.” Gasol slipped past the Spurs, which surprised Gasol and his representatives. “They showed a lot of interest,” said Herb Rudoy, Gasol’s agent at the time.
Manu Ginobili’s longtime agent said he believes his client’s decision to retire was “very difficult” for him. “I didn’t ask him how hard it was, but I could tell from talking to him that it was very difficult,” Herb Rudoy said.
The agent said a lot of factors went into the decision, beginning with the fact that it’s “much harder to do it at age 41.” “I think he took a lot into account, his family, his (desire) to travel and that he had done it for a long time,” Rudoy said. “He had a real long career, and it was an outstanding career.”
Shams Charania: Statement from Ginobili’s agents Herb Rudoy and Luciano Capicchioni: “It has been our great pleasure to represent Manu. He has not only been an outstanding player, he has also been one of the finest men we have known….”
Chuck Miketinac: Manu Ginobili’s agent, Herb Rudoy, says his client still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to play a 17th season. Over the phone, Rudoy joked, “when Manu knows, then I’ll know.” Last year, Manu waited until mid July until he announced he was coming back.