After a season filled with more ups than downs, San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili looks like a different player early this 2013-14 NBA season.
Last season, it seemed as if time had caught up with No. 20 and his best days were behind him. Fans wrote him off and even Manu admitted he lost the passion for the game. But do not think for a minute that he is weak.
In an interview with Argentinean site Ole, Manu spoke on his struggles last season and made it clear - he is not a "wimp" for admitting he wasn't' the same player last year.
“Before, I had never felt vulnerable and now it happened to me. Why hide it? Nor am I less of a man to express that feeling. I felt weak. Period. I'm not a wimp for admitting that.”
Though it just been four games into the new season, Manu is averaging 12.3 points and shooting 43 percent from the field. More importantly, he looks like he got that spring back in his steps.
And after 11 season with the Spurs, Ginobili can hardly be seen as a "wimp" the way he plays on the court.
It's not about being a winp, it's about adapting ,adjusting and modifying ones game to reflex the normal ageing process.Gifted player as they grow old become smart player and they still find ways to contribute to the success of the team. Your team mate Duncan is a great example of this and the NBA has had many other players who have done this transition well. A younger player is more adapt at playing a SPEED game because their reaction time is faster. Older players that still want to play that way, find themselves playing out of control, which is one of the main reasons why they have so many mistake and turnovers.Smart player learn to play within themselves,use their experience to guide them, and except and maximize their new found potential. A player with these attributes could never be called a "wimp".