Manu on fatherhood and where Spurs rank

San Antonio Spurs’ guard Manu Ginobili has a resume full of accolades, including winning an NBA championship and winning a gold medal. But none of his other accomplishments quite stack up to seeing his twins, Nicola and Dante, smile.

“Every time they smile at you it’s a win,” Ginobili said. “Every time you find a new word that makes them laugh, you keep going with it.”

Manu GinobiliWhile his newborns aren’t quite ready to wear Spurs jerseys, when they are, I’m sure we can all guess which number they’ll have on their backs.

21.

“They’ll receive the TD (jersey) before mine,” Ginobili said.

With Ginobili coming off a full offseason of rest, even if it did include some 2 a.m. diaper changes, he says he is ready for the season.

“I’m great.” Ginobili said. “Coming into the 07-08 season I felt great, I was healthy but then in ’08 I had surgery and a fracture.”

With several Western Conference teams improving and many major media markets all but giving the Miami Heat the Larry O’Brien trophy, Ginobili believes the Spurs still have a chance.

“I’m very optimistic,” Ginobili said “We’re not as good as the Lakers yet, but we’re in a better situation than last year. I think we have a shot, I truly believe it.”

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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