- Created on Sunday, 06 October 2013 16:52
- Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 22:05
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs are trying to pull themselves together in training camp, their coming off one of the most hurtful defeats in team history. The team was mere seconds away from gaining a fifth title when a miracle shot from the Miami Heat stole it from them. This team went on to lose in Game 7 and now are in training camp hoping for a chance at redemption. The team as a whole has so many question marks this season and some of the biggest questions surround Argentine star Manu Ginobili.
Ginobili didnâ€™t play well in the Finals; he arguably didnâ€™t play well in the entire playoffs. He recorded all-time playoff lows in almost every statistical category excluding his rookie season. It wasnâ€™t just his stats that were alarming it was his play altogether, it was filled with turnovers, bad shooting, and well even more turnovers. He was the only member of the â€śBig Threeâ€ť that was a non-factor most of the championship series.
After the Finals, retirement almost seemed inevitable but the Spurs thought otherwise. Ginobili signed a 2yr/14 million dollar dealâ€”early in free agency, which raised more than a few eyebrows. Some experts and fans were calling for him to be downgraded to veteran minimum salary status or close to that.
Obviously the Spurs feel like he can still be a contributor and help them win a championship, but can he? Is he too old and injury prone to be relevant? Did the Spurs overpay him? Are players like Bellnelli and Green going to make him a bench-warmer?
Ginobili needs to make a statement early in the season, not just for experts/fans but for himself and his team. He needs to regain his confidence as soon as possible or it could be the start of a downward spiral in his career. He could literally get lost in the shuffle with the Spurs being so deep at the wing positions.
Ginobili doesnâ€™t have to score a lot of points or make a lot of assists but he has to show that he is still a factor on both ends. He has to show that he can shoot the three-ball better than he did in the Finals (less than 30%). He has to have a solid startâ€¦