AT&T CENTER -- Overseeing the formative years of Manu Ginobili's professional career in Italy, CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina recalls the Spurs sixth man as being one of his most energetic, passionate players during their time together with Virtus Bologna.
And if there were any questions about the Spurs' sixth man's resolve after briefly contemplating retirement following a volatile performance in the NBA Finals, his former coach didn't see it.
"When you see Manu Ginobili in the preseason diving for balls," Messina said, "that's a good lesson in terms of understanding what the real NBA is."
The real NBA isn't quite back yet, as preseason games can often devolve into unorganized messes while coaches shuffle through 20-man rosters and odd rotations. Never was that more apparent than when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich fielded a lineup of Patty Mills, Nando De Colo, Sam Young, Jeff Ayres, and Aron Baynes that struggled to generate a decent look in a 15-0 drought to start the fourth quarter.no comments