If Virtus Bologna owner Claudio Sabatini says San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili is more important to the roster than Kobe Bryant, well he might want to find some other locked out player because Ginobili isn't making a return to his former team anytime soon.
Ginobili says he will now wait a bit longer to make a decision on whether to play in Italy due to the on-going NBA lockout.
"Right now my future is in Bahia and in the NBA. I hope it is resolved soon. Unless the NBA (is) suspended two months, it would be something to consider my options again, my future is in the U.S."
Though he has not ruled out playing in Italy, this should come to the relief of many Spurs fans and coaching staff. They rather see him simply training in Argentina than having to endure the rigors of playing professional ball in Italy and risk injury.
Manu went on to say the thought of playing with Bryant excited him but family matters dictated his decision to hold off packing his things for Italy.
"The truth is that I was very excited (about) the possibility, I wanted, then I thought a little more (about) my family, and (they would have) to move too."
Spoken like a true family man but the vision of Manu and Kobe playing side-by-side would have been something great to see. However, I think Spurs fans will be OK without seeing this come to fruition.
Manu also chimed in with his thoughts on the lockout.
"I think us players, we have compromised a lot. Anyway, what we all want is to play as soon as possible."
What do you have to say about Manu delaying the move to Italy Spurs fans?
After a disappointing season where the San Antonio Spurs' D-league affiliate Austin Toros finished 22-28, the team was able to secure the second overall pick in the upcoming D-League Draft.
Here is how the first round order of the D-League Draft shook out:
- Los Angeles D-Fenders
- Austin Toros
- Maine Red Claws
- Sioux Falls Skyforce
- Texas Legends
- Iowa Energy (to Bakersfield)
- Erie BayHawks
- Bakersfield Jam
- Idaho Stampede (to Erie)
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Tulsa 66ers
- Dakota Wizards
- Reno Bighorns (to Bakersfield)
- Rio GrandeValley Vipers
- Springfield Armor (to Tulsa)
With the second pick, the Toros could have a much improved season especially seeing how Leo Lyons and Lance Thomas will be returning to Austin. Also, another season with head coach Brad Jones at the helm will also help improve this young Toros squad.
The Toros' regular season is set to kick off on November 26th against the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate Texas Legends.
As his teammate Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs prepares for his first game with the French club ASVEL, Manu Ginobili is leaving the door open for a return to a place he's familiar with as well.
Ginobili has been offered deals from numerous teams but the one team he was only really considering was the former Italian club he played with before becoming a Spur, Virtus Bologna.
As he was training back home in Argentina, ESPN Brazil caught an interview with Ginobili in which he says he hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning to play in Italy during the lockout.
“Quando chegar o momento de decidir, vou pensar. Não é o que eu mais gostaria de fazer no momento, entretanto também não descarto. Não sabemos quando irá voltar à temporada da NBA, se é que vai voltar”, disse Ginóbili.
Translation: "When it comes time to decide, I think. It's not what I most like to do today, however did not rule out. We do not know when it will return to the NBA season, it's going back," Ginobili said.
For Spurs fans and management, they'll be hoping Ginobili stays in Argentina and continues train while not risking injury. But as Parker said on Monday from France, training individually can only take your body so far, you need steady-competitive basketball to stay in "game shape" if and when the lockout ends.
Krasnie Krilya Samara got back on the winning track with a 80-74 win over Triumph Lyubertsy despite San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair having his poorest performance with the Redwings. Triumph made a furious third-quarter run outscoring Blair's team 25-16 in the period but it was not enough. However, despite picking up the win, the Redwings will not advance in the EuroChallenge.
Blair finished with two points, one assist, four rebounds, shooting 1-3 from the field, in 12 minutes of action. He was also picked up five fouls and did not get to the free-throw line.
The Redwings were led by Jarvis Hayes with 20 points while Triumph was led by Davon Jefferson with 19 points.
What do you have to say about Blair's performance Spurs fans? Seems Blair's five fouls might have had a lot to do with his poor performance.
As we reported yesterday, NBA Comissioner David Stern has cancelled the first two weeks of the NBA season. While this affects the San Antonio Spurs and fans, it also greatly affects local businesses.
At least through the first two weeks of November, San Antonio sportsbars are likely to see a drop in revenue compared to last year's numbers.
Reuters reporter Jim Forsyth talked to local business owners who described the NBA lockout as "frustrating."
"It is a little frustrating," said Kim Krieg, who operates a sports bar that relies on games of the hometown San Antonio Spurs for many of its promotions.
"They are arguing over millions of dollars, and out here we are all still struggling."
Aside from business owners, game-night crews and several people that make their living off the team lose most.
She is one of the estimated 4,000 people in San Antonio, from ticket brokers to people who park the cars at the AT&T Center, who make their living partially -- or in some cases entirely -- from the basketball team.
"Some studies show there won't be much of an impact, but try telling that to the owners of the restaurants, the bars, the food service people, not to mention the people who work at the events."
While several players are joining international teams to make up for their lost wages in the lockout, and the owners don't appear to be wiling to budge on several key issues, the people with the most to lose seem to be an afterthought in all of the labor negotiations.
Getting ready for that first day of work will make anyone nervous, but imagine if the person you’re replacing is one of the greatest people to ever do your job.
Former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Brown will be taking over for Phil Jackson as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he can’t really start his job until the lockout is over.
Brown has been running through his offense and his defense with the other Lakers’ coaches, but he’s been doing it without any players. When he was head coach in Cleveland, he had one of the NBA’s greatest players ever, LeBron James, and a bunch of other players no one will remember 10 years down the road. In L.A. he’ll get another of the NBA’s greatest, Kobe Bryant, but he’ll also get some better pieces to work with.
Brown actually compared some of his “pieces” to two very important ones he had in San Antonio. He said having Paul Gasol and Andrew Bynum was like having Tim Duncan and David Robinson. It might be a similar style, but I hope (and I’m sure Spurs fans will agree) that he wasn’t comparing them talent-wise.
"Just as important, we have a couple of bigs that are very talented in that painted area that remind me of my days in San Antonio when we had the two prolific low-post scorers there."
So for now, Brown has to just enjoy the Southern California weather while he plays out an imaginary season in his mind. With the first two weeks of the NBA cancelled, he’s going to have to wait even longer to jump into those huge shoes he’s been waiting to fill.
As the NBA has announced that the first two weeks of the season will be canceled indefinitely, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has already begun preparation for an extended lockout as he had his first practice with his French team ASVEL on Monday in France.
"I too am excited. I (cannot) wait for Friday. There should be a great atmosphere. I have little opportunity to play in France and is a good opportunity to (have) fun in front of my family, my friends and all my fans. We will take full advantage of the lockout."
The game on Friday night has already been announced as a sell-out in France because of the "Parker effect" of being in France. At Parker's request, all practice sessions will be behind closed doors.
Parker is not only a player with ASVEL now, he's still the Vice President of the club, but he says that won't interfere with his role on the court. He's a player before front office personnel.
The 2011-12 NBA season is going nowhere and fast. After a seven-hour session between the NBA and the player's association, Commissioner David Stern announced that the first two weeks of the season have been cancelled.
Stern told the Associated Press that both sides are very far apart still even after several days of negotiations.
Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, owners Peter Holt of San Antonio, Glen Taylor of Minnesota and James Dolan of New York, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube met with union executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher of the Lakers and vice president Maurice Evans of the Wizards, and attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Ron Klempner.
For the San Antonio Spurs, that now means their home opener on November 2nd at the AT&T Center is now a thing of the past, as is an early November game against state rivals and 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.
If no other games are cancelled, the Spurs will open at home on November 16 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
It was one crazy summer for San Antonio Spurs draftee Adam Hanga.
Sure, his summer may not be able to compete with the one of John Cusack in the 1986 teen flick, but there's a safe bet that Hanga could take Hoops McCann to school on the hardwood or asphalt.
Nonetheless, Hanga signed a three-year deal with Spanish club Manresa back in May, followed that with being drafted by the Spurs in June and starring for Hungary in a pre-olympic tournament. Busy is one way to describe the Hungarian guard's globetrotting offseason.
Afterwards Hanga started workouts and settled into a new apartment in Spain. On Sunday, he made his debut for Manresa against FIATC Joventut. In 21 minutes, Hanga finished with seven points, three rebounds and three assists, showing off his athletic ability on a few nice drives to the basket and a monster block.
For more on the game, be sure to wtach a few of his highlights below. Hanga and Manresa take on Fuenlabrada on Wednesday.
Our very own Michael De Leon recently participated with our fellow Bloguin site, OrlandoMagicDaily.com.
In the article with Phillip Rossman-Reich, De Leon and Rossman-Reich preview the offseason moves the San Antonio Spurs have made and may make.
Rossman-Reich looks at the match ups from last season first before giving his take on who would win a series and I agree with what Rossman-Reich said. He said the Spurs know what they're getting from every player on their roster where as the Magic are a team who can only rely on Dwight Howard for consistency.
The Magic have lost their elite status in the Eastern Conference now that Miami and Chicago are the teams to beat on the East coast. With players like Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson, the Magic aren't necessarily a dangerous team as they once were with Howard, Vince Carter, and Rashard Lewis.
The Spurs too have some work to do in the offseason but not as much as the Magic. The Spurs just have to make some tweaks in their frontline and find a reliable back-up guard in order to be one of the teams fighting at the finish line for the title next season, if there is a season.
Chime in Spurs fans, who do you think needs more work to stay as a title contender? The Spurs or the Magic?
Oh yeah, the Magic will also have that "should we trade Howard this season because next season he may leave town and we'll get nothing in return" cloud hanging over their head over the 2011-12' season.