Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 10:55 am  |  11 responses

Manu Ginobili Says He Played Through Fractured Arm

Despite Tony Allen’s skepticism, Ginobili tells the media back in his home country that he had a small fracture in his right arm, and played through it against the Memphis Grizzlies. From the Express-News: “Ginobili told the Argentine website Noticiasmdq.com that he sustained a small fracture of the right humerus, the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. The injury occurred in the final game of the regular season on April 13 when he was trapped in a collision between Tim Duncan and Phoenix’s Grant Hill. The Spurs originally announced that Ginobili sustained a sprained elbow. He missed the first game of the playoffs and then played the remaining five games with the injury in the six-game series loss to Memphis. He averaged a team-leading 20.6 points per game against the Grizzlies despite playing with a balky brace. Here’s what he told Argentine reporters (translation provided by ProjectSpurs.com). ‘Last Wednesday, the medical staff of San Antonio I had the last MRI,’ Ginobili said. ‘The liquid has been absorbed and small fracture in the humerus is welded at 85 percent. I have to be doing nothing for 3 weeks and then begin slowly.’ If Ginobili in fact played with a broken arm, there’s no wonder that Gregg Popovich was so adamant in defending his courage compared to Rajon Rondo’s comeback from a hyperextended elbow for Boston against Miami.”

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  • Eddie1

    Yeah well this ish nothin. Pau Gasol played with a fracture heart. EDDIE, 2024

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    What’s the excuse for the rest of the team?

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    and respect…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Tony Allen said it was fake!

  • Ray

    did we see an XRay of this “broken arm” coach Popovich? We are supposed to take the word of one of 3 most notorious FLOPPERS in NBA history? Maybe/maybe not. However, we DID see Mr. Rondo’s arm pop out after that cheap pull down by D-Wade (and before you Heat and wade apologists say anything… flip the script. If Rondo had just gotten ripped by Wade and he just happened to get “tangled up” and pulled Wade down dislocating HIS elbow, there would be a professional HIT out for Rondo as you read his). That was visual and “turn your head if you’re squeemish” moment there for EVERYONE to see. Rondo has proven, like him or not, to be a tough as hell player and competitor. However despite the fact that Manu is a GREAT player and a hell of a competitor, FLOPPERS will NEVER get the benefit of the doubt without proof! If you FLOP all the time and cry wolf, one day no one will be there to hear and believe your cries Mr. Ginobli!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Manu’s a tough cat. I believe him. Doesn’t make up for the loss as injuries are part of the game.

  • bike

    Tim Duncan played through a ruptured spleen. Tony Parker played with a broken heart.

  • AD

    this team has so many excuses……. everbody thought manu was tough when he snatched that bat out the air…… but really hes softer than underhand pitching……. the spurs need to realize that their old as dirt and need to rebuild

  • @Deknow

    That’s a bad man right there.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    AD, you’re pretty ignorant aren’t you? Manu has a history of playing through injuries for the good of the team. Dude’s a warrior, plain and simple.

  • Zabba

    Dude won the gold in the 2004 Olympics, the one where U.S.A. got bronze. Says a lot about the heart of a champion, eh?