Manu Ginobili has struggled this season with injuries and is currently sitting out because of one.
He gave San Antonio Spurs fans an update on the condition of is injured hamstring in a column for Argentinian site Canchallena.com including stating he will do everything possible to be back for the playoffs.
The injury was in a location similar to the previous one, the ischio-tibial, but this time in the right leg. I am beginning to jog, following each step as it is, but I had an ultrasound and the tear is there, so what I can do is limited.
Ginobili is reportedly still targeting a return before the playoffs and it was revealed that he'll be out four weeks from the time of his injury. This has been a huge blow for the Spurs and their bench, who have depended on Ginobili's contributions and intangibles this season to balance them out.
He also addressed his offseason situation where he'll be a free agent and the impact this injury may have.
I'm not saying to have desire to retire, because it is not something serious. But one does not know how one will return (this injury).
Ginobili has already been on a steady decline with his speed and explosiveness on the court and this news will not make any Spurs fan easy with him targeting a postseason return. The Spurs and Manu have a close relationship, but this injury may change Manu's plans for playing the next two years as he stated and will also effect the asking price he'll be asking San Antonio.
Manu does have some encouraging words for his fans and the team at the end of his article.
The first five days were complicated, now I'm excited again, wanting to go back to help the team.
While Ginobili's status hasn't been encouraging so far, the fact he's ready and excited to return to the court can only excite the hopes of the Spurs improving come playoff time.
Donde trabajan estos muchachos que comentan aqui? Yo les diria que no salgan los sabados o domingos a la calle o no anden en coche porque pueden sufrir un accidente y no van a poder trabajar en la semana y eso le va a traer problemas económicos, etc. Por Dios!!!. Entonces deberiamos encerrarnos en nuestro tiempo libre así siempre estamos bien preparados para ir a trabajar. Sos el mejor Manu y gracias por jugar para Argentina!!!!!
Seems Manu's priorities are not to the Spurs as evidenced by his continued play for Argentina. He should be compensated as such, the Spurs have been very lenient with this issue!
@Spur In Tulsa I am sorry, but you are an idiot. The Spurs are not going to tell a player it is a horrible thing to play for your country. It is his right as a human being on Earth. The Spurs are easily a major priority in his life, especially at this stage. Playing for Argentina last summer would not have any effect at this stage of the season, so I think your opinion is opinion and nothing more. It sure as hell is nowhere near fact. I have predicted the last couple of seasons that the Spurs will use this upcoming offseason to start tooling the roster for Tony Parker. Manu's contract comes off the books, though likely will resign with San Antonio for at least another year, maybe two. I would guess contract around $5mil/yr. Jackson's now released contract will be off the books, freeing $10mil on the payroll. Between these two players alone, that is going to be $24mil off the books, since Manu is making $14mil this season. The Spurs will resign Splitter as he plays so well with Tony, and I have long predicted that Tim Duncan's apprentice will finally make his home in San Antonio, and that would be Utah center, Al Jefferson. The Spurs targeted Big Al during the trade deadline, though decided to stand pat since Utah wanted a point guard and the Spurs did not want to part with Nando de Colo or Patty Mills. I would've been okay letting Joseph go with Matt Bonner and Jackson, but it is all irrelevant at this point. The Spurs are in store to make a huge splash this offseason, and I believe next season will be a big year that could rival our 2003 season when David played his final game during the Finals, only this time it will be Timmy, with Tony, Kawhi, Splitter, and Jefferson taking over the team from there-on-out. Manu could also retire with Timmy to allow the Spurs the continue this historic span of winning seasons that they have had since 1997.
Trust me, I am rarely wrong.
@moglenn11 Hey, great, that you are rarely wrong and think that you know everything but the real idiot here is you, resorting to name calling when people do not agree with, we are simply expressing our opinions, you damn fool!
@Spur In Tulsa yes it funny that at the end of his sub-par season last year, he was talking about taking the summer off and skipping playing for Argentina to get healthy. Playing year round shouldnt be done by a player at his age and playing style
@ChrisCano His continued play for Argentina not only will affect his salary next year but also the Spurs' chances in the playoffs this year. The only winner is Argentina as he represented them well for FREE!
@PopKat @Spur In Tulsa lots of stars stayed out of the summer games due to the amount of energy required, they instead chose to prepare for their job which is the NBA...I could understand if it was his 1st but when your going on your 4th time in the games and your body is broke down and a team is giving you 14mil a year he cant give his all to that team...
Manu can come back next year for $3-5M. He should have a contract that is incentive based on how healthy he stays. Can't rember how old Manu is, but if he is past 35 or older he is on his way down. This is typical for guards that age as the older they get the slower they get.
@PopKat Manu is not too far behind Jack. He just feels he can do whatever he wants with Spurs Management. I am sure his injuries and projected availability for next season will adversely affect the negotiated salary. In my opinion, he is on the way out and the Spurs need to move forward with younger players that can play back to back games and not be so out of shape that they are injury prone.
I agree he is on the way out, but I'd like to see him stay another year unless Spurs can get a dribble penetrator and/or proven closer via free agency. Currently, the only dribble penetrators and/or proven closers (age 22-27) the Spurs have are Parker and Manu. Green or Neal aren't even close to being closers they are only catch and shoot it players. Leonard is learning to pentetrate and he is not a natural and Leonard's is in his early 20's with knee problems already. Tyreke Evans is the ideal replacement for Manu if he would willing to come off the bench and play for the Spurs.
Tell me another player who could come in an fill Manu's shoes and the Spurs can afford. Evans qualifing offer is less than $7m. When players are on losing teams and the team is unstable they will have a tendency to decline because the organization is in decline. Evans has been on losing Sacremento for years and I'm sure he would love to play for winning team.
Here are Evans career stats in 35 min play
76% FT Line. 3.9
1 7.5 ppg
Now compare Manu's stats to Evans there almost identical. Give me another player and compare his stats.
If Manu is that excited about playing in the playoffs maybe he should have considered that his job is with the spurs, not putting more wear on his body instead of participating in the Olympics. He should have been get his body ready for a long NBA season. What did Wade, Duncan, Garnet and most other aging NBA stars did this summer, that's right they trained and got themselves ready and understood there priorities