The San Antonio Spurs will be back in action this Saturday in a preseason match against the Miami Heat in Miami. For the Spurs, it will be a good gauge to see where the team stands against the defending champs and for Manu Ginobili, he is looking forward to it. Though isn't putting much stock in the outcome of the game.
"It's always good to play against the best teams in the league," he said. "They came from winning the championship so definitely they're good. It's good to prepare against them."
San Antonio is coming off a preseason win over the Houston Rockets, however, that was this past Sunday. The team will be off for five days until their matchup versus the Heat. So they might be a bit rusty come Saturday, but the rest (and practice) will only do the team wonders. Especially for Ginobili and the rest of the older players.
However, Manu feels a preseason game versus a power team like the Heat is not a huge measuring stick of the team's progress as far as which team wins, but he does feel it's better to play against the best team in the league than the worst.
"It's good to at least to play a few minutes against (Dwayne) Wade, LeBron (James), guys like that, that you really got to guard. And then you got Ray Allen coming off screens. It's a good challenge," he said. "It's not going to be a measuring stick to see who wins because preseason is not about winning. It's about getting better and playing against the best players makes you better."
In the offseason, the Heat added a pair of shooters, Allen and Rashard Lewis, to the mix of Wade, James and Chris Bosh will only make Mike much more of a better team. The two will create space for the Heat's "Big 3" to operate with them being an outside threat.
"The addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, adds two wonderful shooters, makes them tougher. We got to see how they adjust, how they're getting shots, or get them shots but for sure they got better."
The Heat are the current nba champions. Just the same they "improved" their lineup by signing Allen and Lewis. They are out to defend the title. The Lakers signed Nash and Howard and the Thunders took in Jones 111. The Spurs overstocked their guard position by signing deColo. With 1 slot remaining if they choose to fill in the 15th slot, what have they to show? With the current camp, some campers like Curry, Powell and Brown were signed. With only 1 slot remaining, again if they choose to fill i up one of these players will be signed. Is there a chance all 3 of them be signed? Is it really impossile to waive Bonner or Blair? Bonner has been a disappointment when the wcf comes around and Blair is not growing any taller. Curry came out a disappointment since being recruited a lottery pick. But, he has something to prove and it could be his last. Besides, he has the right height 7'0" and body and could be a force to be reckon with in the interior. Powell holds 2 championship rings while with the Lakers. He is a bit shorter than Curry, but at 6'9" he may be better than Blair. He can shot in the perimeter and also has a wide body to help guard the rim which the Spurs sorely need. With all the guards they have, some will not be used. Isn't it better to assign at least 1 of them to the d-league? This creates 3 vacant slots. Maybe Brown cas be signed to take on guarding such guys like, Lebron, Durant and Bryant. Hopefully, when the wcf comes along that is if they qualify, these guys are have earned theri spurs.
@rtesoro440 Heat are favorites in a city players want to go to..so Ray and Rashard types WILL sign minimum deals to chase a ring..Spurs OBVIOUSLY don't have that allure. Lakers had a trade exception to sign Nash and had to trade away the 2nd best C in the NBA + several other guys to get DH, AND DH said he would ONLY POSSIBLY re sign with Bkln or LA..Spurs OBVIOUSLY had no big trade exception to use, NOR were they on DHs wish list, NOR did we have a piece like Bynum to trade, NOR does SA have the allure that LA does to get high profile guys. And OKC had a MUCH better draft position than SA, so they got Perry.
As I've TRIED to explain to you MANY times, there are RULES that teams have to follow, no matter HOW much you whine about it and refuse to accept it.
Quit your whining already kid, it's annoying