Manu Ginobili Believes Argentina Has ‘Five Percent’ Chance of Beating USA

Confidence is key in basketball. If you believe you can beat your opponent, chances are you’ll go out and give it your best shot, with no fear in sight. Um, someone tell that to Manu Ginobili. When asked how he views Friday’s matchup with Team USA, the Spurs guard didn’t give his Argentina squad much of a chance. Was this the wrong thing to say, or should we applaud Ginobili for being brutally honest? Via Reuters: “‘The odds are against us. We have a 10 percent or even a five percent chance of winning but we are going to fight for this,’ San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said after driving his team past Brazil and into the semi-finals. Argentina pressed a U.S. team packed with top talent from the National Basketball Association (NBA) deep into the third quarter in the group stages on Monday. ‘We are going to try and turn the ball over less. Make a few shots in the second half and don’t let them run. Then if they get inspired and LeBron (James) or Kobe Bryant or someone get hot and hit 20 threes like they did in the last game, then there’s nothing you can do.'”