San Antonio Spurs News

Manu Ginobili Denied Permission to Play in World Cup

By John Follett

The San Antonio Spurs have denied Manu Ginobili’s request to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.  This news comes from San Antonio Express-News columnist, Buck Harvey, who posted the following on his Twitter page:

Spurs sent @manuginobili a letter — citing stress fracture and recovery time, they will not grant him permission to play @FIBA.

Manu Ginobili suffered a stress fracture in his right leg during the 2014 NBA Finals.  This fracture was discovered by San Antonio Spurs’ doctors during his end of season physical.  Despite an initial recovery window that shut him out of the FIBA tournament, Manu Ginobili sought a second opinion and even showed up for workouts with the Argentinian National Team over this past weekend.

Fresh off celebrating his 37th birthday, Manu Ginobili will most likely head back to the United States and continue to rest up in preparation for Spurs camp that opens in late September.  Ginobili”s San Antonio Spurs teammates, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, are also sitting out of the World Cup, (by choice), while Boris Diaw has opted to suit up for the French National Team.

Manu Ginobili heads into the final year of his two-year, $14.5 million contract with the Spurs in 2014-15.  The Argentinian averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game last season.