Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) has apparently not been granted permission by the Spurs to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Ginobili wanted to play for his country in the World Cup, but only if healthy. After a long and successful playoff run, it's not surprising that the team wanted the 37-year-old to rest as much as possible in the offseason.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (stress fracture in his right leg) says he no longer feels any pain, according to an interview he gave to Argentine website Canchallena.LaNacion.com.
Ginobili would like to play for his country in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but only if healthy and free of pain. We expect Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hopes he bypasses the games and rests for the upcoming season.
The Spurs have hired Ettore Messina as an assistant coach.
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Messina is internationally respected and he makes an impressive addition to the Spurs' already-stellar staff -- the Spurs have been proficient in finding overseas players, and now they're doing the same with coaches. In a related move, Spurs assistant Sean Marks will leave the bench to work in the team's front office.