It seems San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili can’t buy a break this offseason.
As if discovering he has a stress fracture in his right leg, making his play with Team Argentina this summer at the FIBA World Cup in doubt, Manu’s flight to Argentina had an emergency landing due to faulty landing gear according to website Diario Jornada.
Ginobili and his family were fine and they landed safely.
Recién aterrizado en Argentina. Una hora de retraso pero firme. En un rato, ni bien me acomodo, prensa.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 4, 2014
And about that fracture, Ginobili is insistent the Spurs are over reacting and says he needs less time to heal than San Antonio thinks.
Via Diario Jornada:
“The San Antonio Spurs doctors are more cautious, they said I need 8 weeks. I think 4 or 5 is more reasonable.”
Manu did point out the Spurs do not want him to play with Team Argentina in Spain after news of the injury.
“I think I get to play in the World Cup, but San Antonio does not want me to play.”
“I am shocked by the news of the injury. It is in the same place as in 2009, but much lower,” said Manu, who last month won the NBA championship with the Spurs for the fourth time. “On July 25, we will repeat tests. Should be expected. I’m optimistic and I think four weeks are sufficient to recover,” he added.
An emergency landing and a stress fracture.
I am sure Spurs fans and coaching staff would rather have him shelved until training camp comes around for the 2014-15 NBA season.