Friday, news out of Argentina came that San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s stress fracture on his right leg wasn’t 100% ready for play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but his doctor was “optimistic” he could still play. All Ginobili and the Argentine National team were awaiting was clearance from the Spurs.
Well, on Ginobili’s birthday, Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express News reports after citing a stress fracture, Ginobili will not be granted permission to play in Spain this August.
— Buck Harvey (@Buck_SA) July 28, 2014
With Ginobili turning 37 and him having a bounce-back performance this past season, after taking last summer off, it’s not a surprise the Spurs are not going to allow him to play. Had Ginobili’s test results confirmed he was 100% healthy, then there might have been a different case. But in this circumstance, San Antonio has the say-so since they’re the ones who write Ginobili’s paychecks and will expect him to be ready for next season, without risking further injury.
While some Spurs fans may be joyful Ginobili will be resting, fans of the Argentine National team may not get another chance to see Ginobili play with the “Golden Generation” if this coming season ends up being his last playing professional basketball.