While there have been many questions about San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s return to San Antonio and the NBA next season, he seems to be more concerned about seeing his Argentine backcourt-mate make a return to the NBA.
Pablo Prigioni, who manned the Argentina backcourt with Ginobili well over the past decade and during Argentina’s gold medal run, was a 35-year-old rookie with the New York Knicks last season. Ginobili called Prigioni’s first season “great”.
“Terrific. Great season – 35 years old and a rookie on a team like that – he did great.,’ Ginobili said. “I think the last time he talked to the media (on Argentine radio) he was intending to get back in the league. If he wants to, he’ll be here.’’
With Jason Kidd’s retirement and transition to head coach, there is room for Prigioni to make a return for his second season in the league.
As for weather or not Ginobili will be back, he did say during the NBA Finals that he couldn’t imagine not coming back for at least one more season.
Prigioni will be nothing more than a bench player for the Knicks, but a smart one. Manu is on his last legs and probably will retire after the end of next season. He will get injured again and won't get the job done. His turnover rate has always been high, but this season it was rediculous. He is two steps slower and doesn't have the lift to go over defensive bigs that he used too. The Spurs are paying him too much; $14 mil for two years. He would be overpaid at $10 mil. The Spurs could have picked up needed $$$ if they had offered less. That could be used to find a strong mid-level rebounder and rim defender that they sorely need. Baynes has possibilities, but his inability to move well laterally on defense is glaring. Ryan Richards is the dark horse. I'll be watching him closely in the summer league games to see if he has improved enough to earn a spot on the top 15.