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.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.