They say time heals all but from the look in San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili's eyes and hearing his voice crack when talking about the loss to the Heat in the NBA Finals, it might be safe to say it is still weighing on his mind.
Check out what Manu had to say about losing to the Heat in the Finals. You can just feel his pain.
When I read your response, Chris, I am reminded that I never listened to Boys 2 Men (or any other Boy Band I must proudly say), but even more, I am reminded that logic and spelling and avoiding hyperbole are all important when stating a case. Seriously. And I'm guessing it will be guys like you, that when the Spurs are rebuilding and Manu and TD are gone and TP is limping around the court, will tell everyone how great Manu was and how big a fan you were of him and his game.
If you want to be upset about a salary, per your other post-at least I think that was one of your points-be upset that Matt Bonner has somehow managed to stay on the Spurs payroll all these years when his gig has been, year in and year out, be a defensive liability, go on runs (only during the regular season) that leads fans to think "Hey, maybe he can do this in the PLAYOFFS-just like Big Shot Rob!" and then go on to crumble under the playoff pressure, get benched and ride out the rest of the playoffs on said bench. That's quite a gig if you can get it.
When i hear you guys pour your heart out for a declining Manu i hear that Boys II men song "its so hard to say goodby too yesterday" play in my head....If you don't remember that song think back to when Manu was actually good im sure they were both hits right around the same time ...
Not nitpicking. You're proving my point: Even with one of our Big 3 not playing near his potential, we were seconds from a 5th Title. And yes, all those mistakes cost us. Tim Duncan makes that tip in 95% of the time. Guys make those free throws most of the time. Things didn't go our way. Spurs FO doing all they can to give us more options next year.
My point is no point in finger pointing at the guys who gave us all these rings. Manu looked human. Surprise. He is. He was broken down. What else was Pop going to do? Danny turned into Matt Bonner in games 6 and 7. Gary--non-factor as well as the series went on and a defensive liability.
Manu will have a great year. That's my point.
Yep, Manu was awful for MOST of the series! Yes, you lose as a team, but how could you nitpick Tim Duncan missing a gimme and Kahwi Leonard missing a free throw? They were consistently great throughout the series. Tony was having a strong series until the hamstring injury. TP was a non-factor in game 7. But Manu was mostly a NEGATIVE factor, with the exception of game 5, so many lost possessions and poor decisions. I thought he was going to can both free throws near the end of game 6, because he realized that he had sucked for most of the game. Instead, he missed one and didn't even look that confident shooting. This was surprising since Manu has been our end of the game closer for many years.
Different-absolutely. And personally I am encouraged that Manu is so emotional. If you followed his career from the time he got here to the present-whether it is turning the ball over then racing down to block a shot or get a steal in transition or making a mistake and then going off-it's PERSONAL for Manu. Last year his body was broken down and he couldn't get it to do what he wanted it to do. He's rested. He's had all off season to stew and beat himself up and to get ready for this season. I expect Manu is going to have a very nice year-a throwback kind of year in some ways. Just watch.
As for blaming Manu-really? There is so MUCH blame to go around. Icy Hot went from "This could be your Finals MVP" to looking like a deer caught in headlights, unable to hit the broad side of a barn, Parker took some ridunculous shots at times trying to force things when guys were open, missed free throws as well. Kawhi missed free throws but you can't ask for much more than that 2nd year player gave. He was phenomenal. Still...could have used them. TD missing tip ins, Tiago being rendered useless.......it was a team loss.
It's Manu's passion and fearlessness and drive that has fueled this team for years and I don't see how any Spurs fan can look at the guy and say ' You cost us the Finals' unless that person just doesn't like Manu.
Did Manu play below expectations? Absolutely. Then again, so did several other Spurs, especially in key moments and in games 6 and 7. I LIKE the fact Manu is still emotional. It's his emotions that push him. Pop just needs to regulate his minutes, keep him healthy for the playoffs and then unleash him.
I blame Manu cause Spurs lost the series. If the Spurs won it wouldnt change the fact that he played garbage in the series. Miss free throws really!!! What about turnovers that give the heat most of their offense..
As much as people want to blame Manu it wasn't all his fault. Spurs had many opportunities to win. Parker's missed free throws, Leonard's missed free throws, 2 missed rebounds, Tim Duncan's missed lay-up, etc. We lost as a team. Had we won would you still blame Manu?
Get over it He played garbage he has a lot of blame in that.. New Season New Mentality Go Spurs Go! ₩
The Spurs made The Heat work for their shots in that series, if it wasn't for Ray Allen's foot on the line in Game 6 The Spurs would have been 2013 NBA Finals Champions. Sports nowadays is rigged and fixed by the ref's and their debts they owe to people in their personal lives. This season will be different, we got new faces to the team and were coming back hungrier. Go Spurs, Go!!!!
@gymbearHe hasn't had a good year in the last 3 years and what now he discovered the fountain of youth. I love Manu but hate the fact that he is still a spur for 7 mill a year. I also hated to see Bruce traded away when he did, Robinson and Elliot retire but guess what i got over it...
@LiveSpurs He was horrible with the turnovers, missed free throws and when he forgot how to dribble...