"It was the fourth consecutive season the Spurs were better with Ginobili on the court." Bazinga, haters.
Ginobili's still a productive player, hes just going to be good in flashes and on some nights, hes going to be off, but that comes with age, so that's why it's important that belenelli becomes the playmaker pop needs him to be, so ginobili could play off of him sometimes and not be the only one making plays all the time because as we saw in the finals he can't sustain his playmaking ability through out the whole game anymore.
I think once Marco gets the system figured out he's going to have his best year. He loves Pop. He and Manu got the whole mutual admiration and 'really excited to be playing together' thing going on, the Spurs play more Euro ball than AAU (American) ball, and the team is an international team. I think it's the best fit for him he's ever had.
Belinelli has historically been an underachiever. There's been encouraging talk about his talents every time he signs a contract, renewed by his hodgepodge of highlights, but he has never lived up to the hype. While not exactly a disappointment, there's always been that feeling he's leaving money on the table. Chicago refused to pay up for a player they know well. The Spurs got a deal perhaps, but not much of one based on past performance. Its all mental with Marco. Lets hope now that's he's 27, that the Spurs grit, Manu's motivational moxie, and Pop's prodding will bring out his best consistently. When MB gets frustrated with the Spurs system, or Pop gets in his mug about a miff, look to MG and the crew to empathize, encourage and energize him. If he does not respond, we could have another DeJuan on our hands. An albatross we can't give meaningful minutes to, a lengthy stop-loss we can't move out for anyone better.
Personally I'm optimistic... but won't be suprised if Marco is the Bull Marco, instead of Manu Marco.
Belinelli has never been that great of a player, he was touted as this awesome find by Don Nelson when he was drafted in Golden State, but has so far been mediocre at best. He has not been the big time sharpshooter as he was reputed of being, nor has been that great of a defender or having any other skills other than chucking the ball and hoping that it will make. Anyways, the Spurs ate going to find out and he'll probably be cemented on the bench for the duration of the season.
@isaacd35 I'm sorry, but Ginobli is washed up and over the hill. He more hurt the Spurs than help them in the Finals. His explosiveness has all but disinntegrated and at best he is a rotation player. I think the Spurs should have passed on extending him because they could have used his roster space to give more minutes and shot to either Danny Green or Nando de Colo. It's not like the resigning of Duncan because even at his advanced age--TD is still a productive big man worth the 10 or 11$ million that they are paying him; that cannot be said about Manu, however.
@gymbear Let's hope for the best because he does not have much time left.
@slapdoghoops I highly doubt Beli will be stuck on the bench.
@slapdoghoops @gymbear I think this season (like most seasons) the Spurs consider all year to be "preseason" until the playoffs to an extent. Unless a catastrophe happens, we're making the playoffs, so Bellineli and Ayres don't have to be completely hip to the square on game one, or game 5.... or game 20.... as long as they have their crap together when it counts!