ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — After struggling in the 2013 NBA Finals, Manu Ginobili would be facing free agency. Like there was ever a question: A few weeks later, as expected, Ginobili agreed to a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs. And that’s where things get weird.
According to a story in today’s New York Times, the Spurs sent an intern to Argentina to get Ginobili’s signature on the documents. And that’s when things got weird…
Hours before the Spurs’ intern was to fly home from Buenos Aires, team officials said that he was strafed by a bird in a park. As he tidied up at a fountain, his backpack disappeared. Inside were Ginobili’s signed contract, along with the intern’s passport, cellphone and laptop.
Luckily, an international sports crisis was averted. An assistant traveling to Buenos Aires soon after brought a fresh contract and returned it to Texas without incident.
“No birds got to him,” Sean Marks, the Spurs’ director of basketball operations, said with a laugh. “We were all waiting for Manu’s contract to show up on eBay. It hasn’t yet.”
Now, I’m not sure what it means that the intern was “strafed” by the bird, but I’m assuming it might mean the bird, um, cut loose on the intern. (the word “strafed” is defined as “attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft.”)
And I can’t help but wonder if perhaps this bird wasn’t in cahoots with the bat that Manu had a run in with a few years back?