Spurs’ Guard Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night that he is pain free and is close to his return after missing a month following testicle surgery.
Ginobili has been recovering from an injury that has sidelined him for 11 games. He is expected to wear a protective cup. Unsure when he will be back on the floor with the team, Spurs have five games in eight days, he could possibly suit up during that stretch.
“I’m happy to be starting to just think about playing.” – Manu Ginobili
Addressing the media for the first time since suffering his worst injury in his career before San Antonio took on the Pistons, Ginobili stated he was in a lot of pain and did not care about playing. “I’m happy to be starting to just think about playing,” he said. “For a week (after the injury), I didn’t care about playing. I was struggling. I was in pain and I didn’t care. (Retiring was) not realistic, but I thought, `I don’t care, I just want to feel good.’ It was bad.”
February 3rd, Ginobili took a knee to the groin area from New Orleans Pelicans Ryan Anderson. The impact had the guard on the floor motionless before being led to the locker room by team doctors. That same night, the team doctors had Ginobili undergo surgery that evening, after experiencing pain, two hours after the injury happened.
Ginobili was asked how the injury would effect his dynamic style of play. “I don’t think anything can happen,” he said. “I don’t know once I’m better if I’m going to step to get a charge. I don’t know if the instincts are going to kick in or I’m going to be more worried. I don’t know. Once I start practicing or competing, I’ll figure it out.”
Through 43 games, Ginobili is averaging 10 points, 3.3 assists in just under 20 minutes a game.