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Spurs deny Manu Ginobili permission to play in World Cup

Jul 28, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair

The will he?/won’t he? saga of Manu Ginobili appears over.

The Spurs guard clearly wanted to represented Argentina in the 2014 World Cup in Spain. A leg injury appeared as if it would keep him out, but he didn’t give up.

With the decision hanging in the balance, San Antonio is just making it for him.

Buck Harvey of the San Antonio News-Express:

I understand the Spurs’ point of view here, but I wish they would have given more deference to Ginobili.

He knows his body and cares about the Spurs. Let him decide what’s right for himself.

Political conditions related to Argentinean basketball might have kept him out anyway, and there was no guarantee he’d play through the injury. It’s just no longer his decision.

The Spurs have some right to protect themselves when they’re paying a player millions of dollars. They’ve also benefitted immensely from Ginobili developing his game in international play, so there is some precedent for letting him proceed. It could be argued they owe it to him.

In the end, this is not a choice I like, but it is one I understand.

  1. shanelsweet - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Well, that’s one way to spin this story I suppose, but given the reputation of the Spurs organization, I’d say maybe they did him a favor. Now, he doesn’t have to be the bad guy for all his countrymen who think he should play whether he’s hurting or not. Too bad Chicago didn’t write Rose a letter. His rep would be much better now if they had.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Yes, I would imagine the Spurs front office and Ginobili were talking, and this was a negotiated letter. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been likely to be released to the press, as the Spurs don’t often release info to the press.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Manu turned 37 today,I think the Spurs are making the right call on this one…….

  3. mazblast - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    It’s good cover for all concerned. The Spurs can point out the investment they have in their aging player, whom they want to keep healthy and fresh for next season. Manu can say, “I wanted to play, but my employer had the right to say ‘no’ and did”. The Argentinian basketball people can say, “We asked, they said ‘no’, and there’s nothing we can do”.

    It’s also the right decision, given Ginobili’s age and frequent small injuries.

    • spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Small injuries, my behind. He missed major time (38 games) in 2008-2009 by playing that summer for Argentina and getting hurt.

  4. azarkhan - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    “It could be argued they owe it to him.”

    Only by a fool like you.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Argentina doesn’t need him. If they have Walter Herrmann they’ll win the FIBA World Cup easily.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    “It could be argued they owe it to him.”

    No, they owe him what his contract stipulates. In return, he owes it to them to report to camp in top form.

  7. genuine30096 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Since Ginobli is under contract, that’s very smart on the Spurs’ part. The guy is often injured & is no spring chicken. The Bulls SHOULD HAVE done the same for Rose; especially since he has missed two seasons due to injuries. Once again the Spurs prevail with brilliance. The Bulls? Not so much.

  8. genuine30096 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I highly doubt the Spurs “owe” it to Ginobli to allow him to participate in the summer games, ESPECIALLY after playing an extended season … #championship. Plus, the reported “fracture” (and necessary recovery time) should be a concern for both the Spurs’ organization and Ginobli.

    #ContractualObligation

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