Manu Ginobili: Not playing in World Championships, erasing your fears [Updated]
According to Argentine newspaper Cancha Llena, the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili will not be playing in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey this summer.
It seemed like a bit of a long shot that Ginobili would participate in the World Championships in August and September after the controversy (as much controversy as the Spurs can have, that is) that resulted from his presence in the Beijing Olympics on a bum wheel.
Now that he’s finally at full health again and hitting his stride on the floor, would he really want to risk that for another tournament with the Argentine National Team?
But my guess is he understands that the Spurs were okay with it once, but if he does it again? “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me…” that sort of thing. Except the opposite, I guess.
Ginobili may also see the end on the horizon.
In the story, he stated that he intends to play in the Tournament of the Americas, in order to qualify for the next summer Olympics, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
And if the last two seasons taught him anything, it’s that the Spurs can’t win an NBA title unless everybody is healthy. And next year may be their last shot. So after next season is over, he’ll be 33 years-old and Tim Duncan will be 35.
Manu may concede, at least internally, that after next season the Spurs won’t be contenders for the NBA title, and he may turn his focus to winning one last title at the International level before he hangs ‘em up himself.
But in the end, I’m not a mind-reader (yet), and all we have to go on is what Manu has said publicly. And it seems, at least for now, that Manu’s basketball goals are strictly in line with his employers in San Antonio.
Well, now that that fire is put out, it’s time for everyone to focus their energy on the Spurs other potential summer participant, Mr. Tony Parker.
[Update: Pounding the Rock has a translation of the entire column.]