AT&T CENTER – San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili held his first press conference since sustaining a testicular injury back on February 3 against the New Orleans Pelicans, and in after surgery and going through the recovery process, Ginobili informed the media that he has been cleared by doctors, he can play, and he’s looking at a potential return to the floor as soon as next week.
“I’m progressing great,” said Ginobili. “I’m ready to play. I need to get in better conditioning. I’m looking forward to playing next week. I’m not sure if I’m going to play early in the week, later in the week, but I’m pretty sure it will happen.”
In two practices, Ginobili said he’s had no setbacks. “For a week, I didn’t care about playing. After two or three weeks I started to run and I started to feel confident.”
Ginobili said he’s been playing in practices with some of the Spurs’ video coordinators and staff, but he’s yet to participate in a full practice with his teammates because of the team’s current schedule. Ginobili said the team and doctor had never had an athlete sustain the type of testicular injury he had suffered, so for all of them, it was a new process to see how he would recover. According to Ginobili, he’s recovered very well, and at the moment, he’s pain free. When he does participate in gameplay though, Ginobili said he’ll have to wear a protective cup.
Next week, the Spurs have a busy week with four games on the schedule. Ginobili might make his return Monday at Indiana, Tuesday at Minnesota, or next Thursday at home vs Chicago, or next Saturday, when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the AT&T Center.