San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will not participate in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain qualifiers according to Team Argentina head coach Julio Lamas (via elpatagonico.net).
What we do known in advance, is that neither Emanuel Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs, NBA) and Andres Nocioni (Labor Kutxa, Spain) and Leonardo Gutierrez (Peñarol de Mar del Plata) will not be in Venezuela between August 30 and September 11 for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.
Ginobili playing during the offseason has always brought mixed feelings from Spurs fans. Some feel he shouldn't play during the summer and rest for the next NBA season while others have no issues with him playing with Team Argentina seeing his desire to represent his home country as something to admire.
However, Manu isn't as young as he used to be (35 years old) and with the Spurs having a deep playoff run, Ginobili's suffering a few injuries this past regular season, and he admitting he may only have two more years left in the NBA, the choice was obvious that he just cannot put his body through an entire year of playing ball.
He has been in the NBA for 11 seasons, and has often played for Argentina in past postseasons either for Olympic qualifiers or the Olympics itself. Adding more miles to his often injury-riddled body would not be prudent if Manu does intend to play a couple of more years with San Antonio.
What do you think Spurs fans about Manu sitting out the 2014 World Cup?