In the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, Argentina will be without Manu Ginobili. While the Argentinian national team and Argentinian fans would have preferred Ginobili to play, he insists the San Antonio Spurs did not influence his decision to sit out this summer’s games:
The basketball star Emanuel Ginobili said that his club, San Antonio Spurs, not pressured him to avoid playing for the national team and pointed out that clarified the issue before renewing his contract.
“One feels, at times, a sense of responsibility because they pay us,” he said.
“There is no obligation, at least I did not feel it.”
Ginobili has stated the reason he will not play for Argentina this summer is beacuse he wants to spend time with his newborn children and to rest. Many Spurs fans were relived to hear he is going to sit out this summer as I am sure the Spurs organization were relieved as well. He isn’t getting younger and all the rest will do him and the Spurs wonders this upcoming NBA season.
However, he has stated he will play for Argentina in the 2012 Olympic games and the Olympic qualifier in Mar de Plata should Argentina not qualify in Turkey this summer.