San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will not participate in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain qualifiers according to Team Argentina head coach Julio Lamas (via elpatagonico.net).
What we do known in advance, is that neither Emanuel Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs, NBA) and Andres Nocioni (Labor Kutxa, Spain) and Leonardo Gutierrez (Peñarol de Mar del Plata) will not be in Venezuela between August 30 and September 11 for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.
Ginobili playing during the offseason has always brought mixed feelings from Spurs fans. Some feel he shouldn't play during the summer and rest for the next NBA season while others have no issues with him playing with Team Argentina seeing his desire to represent his home country as something to admire.
However, Manu isn't as young as he used to be (35 years old) and with the Spurs having a deep playoff run, Ginobili's suffering a few injuries this past regular season, and he admitting he may only have two more years left in the NBA, the choice was obvious that he just cannot put his body through an entire year of playing ball.
He has been in the NBA for 11 seasons, and has often played for Argentina in past postseasons either for Olympic qualifiers or the Olympics itself. Adding more miles to his often injury-riddled body would not be prudent if Manu does intend to play a couple of more years with San Antonio.
What do you think Spurs fans about Manu sitting out the 2014 World Cup?
Pop and the Spurs organization have been verrrryyyyy lenient with Manu on this subject. I believe teams themselves, if not the whole NBA will make some kind of guidelines. It's been a great run with this amazing player, a real ambassador for international basketball. The ride is not over.... we still have to get that 5th ring !!! Go Spurs !!!!!!!
I must say I have mixed emotions about this.
Everyone knows just how much I love Argentina and how much it means for me to see Manu wearing the National Team jersey. There is no question he's passion to play for country is something cannot compare with and that's the same goes for every International players out there, especially for those in the NBA.
But I do also feel that the timing is now for the Confederación Argentina de Basquetbol to start building a team for the future considering that many of the key figures from the Generacio Dorada era are all in their 30's. Yes, there will never be another Manu Ginobili but I'm sure a whole new generation of Argentine are certainly inspired by what he, Scola, Chapu, Oberto, Pepe, Pablo, Delfino & the rest has done for their country.
I can understand how Spurs fans feel about this as we wouldn't want him to risk injury. For now, my hope is that he stays injury free until we get our fifth ring. After that, we will see how it goes.
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