Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

The Return of Manu

If the reports from San Antonio are to be believed, then expect a lot of yelling from Charles Barkley this season: “By the time Sunday’s game simulation concluded, Ginobili had thrilled about 7,600 basketball-starved witnesses with plays that best can be described as Argentine frenetic. He showed off the full range of athleticism, intensity and creativity that has made him one of San Antonio’s favorites since he arrived as a rookie in 2002. He scored on 3-pointers, midrange jumpers, layins off baseline drives, even a dunk off a steal. On defense, he pestered Roger Mason Jr., Michael Finley and Richard Jefferson, end to end. And, as a playmaker, he produced the game’s most creative pass, a long wraparound to George Hill, wide open in the corner, for a 3-pointer that temporarily gave Ginobili’s silver team a one-point lead.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    He sure was banged up last year..

  • Nupe

    Glad he’s back. If they all stay healthy, will certainly be contending for the west this year.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When he’s healthy, he’s a beast. But, he’s only healthy every other year.

  • AllenI


  • riggs

    thats great for my fantasy team

  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    finley still plays!?!

  • Omar3

    That would mean he should be healthy this season right Allenp? Spurs are stacked this season. Timmy, Tony, Manu, RJ, McDyess, Finley, Mason Jr. Ratliff, Bonner, Hill, even rookie DeJuan Blair. Another Banner should go up next October.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Still can’t believe Spurs didn’t make it past first round last year. I think they have a chance at winning it all this year. In my opinion, there’s only three or four teams in the NBA that can beat the Spurs in a seven-game series…..and the Spurs are one of them, thanks to their old age and injuries.

  • vic21

    Unless you get injured again, you big nosed fella.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    hope to see live for one last time one of the all time greats,next year at Turkey.

  • http://saintmark5171@yahoo.com M.Bloxton

    if only the hair on the back of his head would return too…

  • http://WWW.MANUTD.COM Z

    To me, when healthy, he’s the fourth best SG in the league behind kob, wade and b-roy. Maybe even better than B-Roy because of his defensive intensity.

  • franko

    Great, GREAT give me more!

  • KH10

    GINOBILI!!! makes the spurs watchable, hope he stays healthy.

  • Simmy Sosa

    @AllenP This is the other year. The San Antonio Assassin is back and we will win it this year.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    THE most underrated player of all time. Z is right, he’s the third best guard in the L when healthy (or fourth, since technically when T-Mac is healthy, he’s better, but T-Mac is astronomically not healthy)