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Report: Manu Ginobili has stress fracture in leg, very likely out for World Cup

Jul 2, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

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Manu Ginobili seemed to be moving just fine during the NBA Finals — he had 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the closeout Game 5 — and not long after the season ended he committed to play for his native Argentina in the World Cup this summer.

But he apparently was doing that with a stress fracture in his right leg, one just diagnosed that likely will keep him out of the World Cup this summer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Ginobili, 36, was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress fracture in his exit physical with the Spurs. It’s an injury that appears to have developed late in San Antonio’s championship season, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Ginobili is seeking a second medical opinion before proceeding, sources said.

The Spurs had their exit physicals on June 17 and three days later he was talking about playing for Argentina, so this was unexpected.

The recovery time for this kind of injury is expected to be two months, which could have him back in time for the World Cup if he pushed, but that/s not really the Spurs way. Gregg Popovich and everyone else will pressure him to take the summer off. Rest and recover.

Last season he averaged an efficient 12.3 points a game (true shooting percentage of .590 and a PER of 20) in 68 games, mostly off the bench.

After two straight trips to the Finals, the Spurs are getting the band back together for one more year and are the bar to clear for all the other teams that fancy themselves contenders in the West.

  1. robigd - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    There is a good chance this is fabricated information and an easy way get out of a World Cup he should have never committed to in the first place. Save those legs for a repeat, Manu!

  2. spursareold - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    It was landing from that d@mn dunk in game five of the finals, I know it. D@mn you, Battier, why did you have to make him mad?

  3. 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Was anyone else’s first thought: “Manu plays soccer, too?”

    • apkyletexas - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      My first thought was that Manu is a champion again, and that that’s pretty cool when you think about all the times our national sports press has written him off for dead.

      • 2016olympics - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Yes, it is cool.

      • enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        IM NOT EVEN GONNA BLAME THE PRESS BECAUSE HE HAD ONE OF THE WORST FINALS PERFORMANCES LAST YEAR AND I SAID HE SHOULD RETIRE BUT I’M HAPPY THAT IM WRONG

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    If that was one of the Heat 3 we’d be hearing about it constantly throughout the Finals.

  5. saint1997 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    First Patty, now Manu, can we at least make it slightly difficult for team USA?

  6. peralez2383 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    At least Manu and Patty will get to rest and recover this whole summer

  7. wowwowbad - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    The Americans just try everything to not letting him play for his country, riiiiiiiiiiiight?

    • zerole00 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Oh yeah, because the USA needs all the help it can get for BASKETBALL. You serious?

  8. eazyd289 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Dude I was thinking the exact same thing i even googled it. TIL – There is a FIBA Worldcup. Pretty crazy i never heard of this. Im 28!

  9. enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    GREGG POPOVICH IS SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW MANU AND PATTY CANT PLAY NOW ONLY IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO KAWHI SO ALL HIS PLAYERS CAN BE FRESH FOR THE NEW SEASON

  10. onlyavoice - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Making excuses already why the Spurs will not win back to back

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