Posts Tagged ‘Manu Ginobili’

Spurs’ Team Selfie Takes Twitter By Storm

By Nick Margiasso IV

Hey, Oscars … anything you can do, the San Antonio Spurs can do better. Tuesday afternoon, the Western Conference’s top-seeded squad took a cue from last month’s now infamous and star-studded selfie posted by daytime talk show celeb Ellen DeGeneres at the aforementioned award show, posting one of their own to kick off the team’s upcoming fan night festivities.

So, eat your heart out Ellen and friends!

–Coach Pop & the crew

Follow the team on Twitter @spurs.

Ginobili goes extra mile to meet expedition-minded Argentines

By Jeff Case

The list of Argentinian players who have logged time on an NBA court is pretty small, but perhaps the best known/best loved among those names is Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili.

Ginobili has endeared himself to many basketball fans around the globe during his 12 seasons in San Antonio (including, of course, Charles Barkley) for his on-court play, sense of humor and his quick wits (especially if you’re a bat).

That brings us to Juan Rizzati and Santiago Uranga, two Argentinians who are in the midst of an Argentina-to-Alaska trek in an old Fiat 600.

Along the way up north, the duo stopped in San Antonio for a Spurs game. They told team officials of their travel plans and their ultimate goal and Ginobili was more than happy to meet the pair before a recent Spurs home game:


VIDEO: Argentinian travelers meet Manu Ginobili

Needless to say, this will probably be one of the highlights of the trip for Rizzati and Uranga.

Lost sole latest of Wroten’s woes

Well, it seems that Philly point Tony Wroten Jr. can’t get enough of the misadventures. His latest peccadillo? Like Manu Ginobili, his shoe can’t seem to stay together on a drive. Like Manu, his shoe was also made by Nike.


VIDEO: Tony Wroten’s right sole comes apart while driving

Leave it to Sixers’ broadcaster Marc Zumoff to cap the unusual moment with a zinger: “Are you saying that Tony Wroten has no sole?”

Manu’s Foot Rips Through Left Shoe

Manu Ginobili has spent a career defying the ordinary on the court, routinely diming through opponents’ legs, using his punch-drunk lefty style to throw defenders off and squeezing through the most unlikely crevices to get his shot off. He also helped popularize the Euro-step (which was being executed as early as the 1960s, as Elgin Baylor shows us) to a fresh generation.

But one step Wednesday night in San Antonio might be as noteworthy as any he’s taken. Guarding Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey on a drive right before the half, he slipped. Trying to get up, he slipped again, before realizing that his left sneaker had become obsolete.

Who is more surprised: Manu or Nike? There are certain things that happen in life that, as grandma puts it, just don’t make no sense.


VIDEO: Manu Ginobili tears through left shoe while defending

Here is a close-up of the ruptured shoe in question, courtesy of Nike Kicks associate editor George Kiel. Looks like Ginobili is jumping on Team LeBron for his next pair.

Andray Blatche Refines Eurostep In Europe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Andray Blatche may be a center for the Brooklyn Nets, but he frequently moonlights as a ballhandler for the Nets after grabbing a rebound. As such, Blatche has previously shown that mastering the Eurostep move popularized by players like Manu Ginobili is important to him. A few months ago, Blatche tried it out on some unsuspecting shoppers in Manhattan. Today, with the Nets in England to play against the Hawks tomorrow, Blatche gave his Eurostep an authentic European workout…

Pranking With The Spurs Big Three

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just in case you haven’t noticed, right now the San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference, at 13-1. They have won 11 games in a row, are 7-0 at home, and their last (and only) loss this season was all the way back on November 2.

Hey, we get it: The Spurs do what they do. They execute, they move the ball, they defend, they win. It’s not rocket science. But they do this with such remarkable consistency that it can become almost stultifying. People start to think of the Spurs as basketball robots — they have no feelings, no emotions, they just want to make the proper passes and find the open guys and oh hey the Spurs won again.

Which is why this video clip is so valuable: During the waning moments of a recent 30-point win over Cleveland, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had his big three (Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan) resting on the bench. And here, caught on video, we see Manu pull the old “Make Tim Duncan sit on the paper cup” trick.
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VIDEO: Big Three Pranking

We know the Spurs are great, but now they’re actually having fun, too? Watch out. Next thing you know Tim Duncan will be throwing his warm-up jacket at analyst Sean Elliott

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(GIF via r/NBA)

NBA Players Celebrate Halloween

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are just like anyone else, and end up celebrating Halloween by dressing up in wacky costumes. Here’s a sampling of images they’ve shared of them in costume via various social media thus far…

Serge Ibaka as Coming To America‘s Prince Akeem, and girlfriend Keri Hilson as Lisa McDowell…

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Bird Tries To Torpedo Manu Ginobili’s Contract Extension

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?

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(via Deadspin)

Spurs Fans Get Spurs Players Shaved Into Their Hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –There may be no greater way to show your devotion to your team than by having some sort of body art created of that team. And in San Antonio, where the Spurs rule everything around them, fans unsurprisingly embrace this fully.

As we saw last night, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, there was a Spurs fan at Game 3 with an image of Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili shaved into his head …

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And as ESPN’s Darren Rovell also tweeted last night, there was another fan there with an image of Tim Duncan shaved into his dome … (more…)

Spurs Through The Years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There has been a GIF floating around the internet the last few days that pretty much explains everything you need to know about the San Antonio Spurs. The image, which according to the San Antonio Express-News was converted to a GIF from ABC’s Finals broadcast opening animation, shows the Spurs’ big four (Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich) in their first seasons and then again today.

Other than some missing hair and some added scars and wrinkles, there’s not a whole lot that is different. More than anything, it speaks to what we already know about the Spurs: Consistency is what they do. And they do it better than anyone.

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(via r/NBA)