San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili hasn't been the same player this season. Riddled with injuries (the most recent being a right hamstring injury) he has played 60 games, saw some of his numbers dip from last season and before last night's game versus Minnesota, had sat out nine games due to the hamstring injury.
Needless to say, a healthy Manu is needed before the postseason begins this Sunday against the Lakers.
Ginobili got some time on the court in the team's regular season home closer and though he didn't light up the box score (two points and two assists in 11 minutes), seeing him healthy and back on the court was more important.
After the game, Manu spoke on the recent hamstring injury and aside from a bit of fatigue, says he is feeling good.
"Very good. I was a little tired because I've been lifting a lot. The point where the tear was feels great," said Ginobili.
The good news is health wise, Manu is feeling great but he has been off the court for quite some time and knows he is not in game-shape. Luckily, the Spurs will have the next four days off before the postseason which will mean time for Manu to get his legs and wind back.
"I missed like 17 days and you don't get it back because of play. I need to practice. So these next four days will be good for me. I need to play with these guys and go up and down," said Ginobili.
The four days off before the team's first game versus the Lakers will be critical for Ginobili.
In two games against Los Angeles this season, he averaged 11 points, 4.5 boards, and 3.5 assists in 23 minutes. Having that added punch off the bench will be what the doctor ordered for the Spurs but first thing is first for Manu, getting in some much-needed time on the court with his teammates.
"I need to play with them. I definitely need some playing time."
Manu should be thinking about retirement. He is forcing himself to play as his contract is about to expire and get a renewal. Please apare the Spurs the agony of not renewing your contract, man. A $4m/year price is not even justified to assuage his feelings. He should go out in glory instead of a washout. Let the Spurs sign a younger and eqaully competent player like Gerard Henderson and Tony Allen. With you, Jax and te. amateur bench out, it gives the Spurs a chance to be better. Imagine the $20m savings they will gain to be reinvested to players like PG, Jeff Teague or Eric Maynor; for SG, Gerard Henderson and Tony Allen; SF, Omri Casspi, and Chandler Parsons and PF/C like Andray Blatche, JJHickson or Al Jefferson. They can even consider Varejao. The Spurs can lkewise participate in the draft. If you love the Spurs Manu, go silently.
@rtesoro440 damn man you STILL dont follow basketball do you? blatche? hes not likely to leave the nets, hickson is going to want a pay day but will resign with his team, and al jefferson is going to want max or near max dollars.
caspi is likely going back to europe as he kinda SUCKS this year, and GERALD henderson is a restricted free agent that the bobcats will more then likely match anything reasonable, they will let him go but for way to much money. tony allen isnt going anywhere, he loves memphis and will be looking for more then the midlevel for sure (not to mention he will be 32).
and finally why would we want ANOTHER guard? teague, maynor? are they better then nando? NOPE, are they better then joseph? ehhhh maybe, but then we dont need a 25mpg guy we need a 10-15 mpg guy because tony parker is going to get 30+ mpg regardless. and you dont go out and hire a replacement for the guys you have with the expectation of someone getting hurt, you hire guys that mesh well and can get the job done.
@rtesoro440 Man, get off of Manu's back. Stop being such a troll
My heart goes to Manu, man. I have been a longtime Spurs faan. I can't lie. For reasons known only to the coaching staff, they will continue to have Manu n the team. For whose benefit? Come on man let Manu retire in glory, enjoy and reminisce his past successes.