Olympics Day 12 - Basketball

Ginobili hints he might play in 2014 World Championships

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To answer your first question, 37.

That is how old Manu Ginobili will be in the summer of 2014 when the FIBA Basketball World Championships take place in Spain. Normally you would say that would be old enough to preclude him from playing, but after Ginobili at 35 was one of the best players at the London Olympics you might be wrong.

The Argentinian guard told FIBA.com that just missing out on a medal in London (Argentina finished fourth, losing a close bronze medal game to Russia) might fuel him to return.

“I never said I would continue, and I never said I would quit,” Ginobili said.

“There are still two years, it’s a long time. I don’t know how I will be and everything will depend on that. But I do know that I will be 37 and it’s not the same at that age as another age.”

Ginobili is the star of Argentina’s golden generation, along with Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni. That group won the 2004 gold medal for Argentina, the only team other than the USA to win gold since the 1980s.

Don’t be surprised if they get the band back together for one more run. No matter everyone’s age.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.