Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 10/10/13
AT&T Center - It was a reunion for CSKA Moscow's head coach Ettore Messina and San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili in the Spurs first preseason game. Messina coached Ginobili when he played in Italy with Bologna from 2000-02 and as Manu says, Messina made him the player he is today. Fast forward to today and it seems the student has now become the teacher. In the Spurs' preseason win over CSKA, Manu was diving on the court, fighting for loose balls and playing with a tenacity that has become a hallmark of his game. Add the fact the Spurs never gave up despite losing a double-figure lead and displayed all-around toughness down the stretch against a pesky CSKA team and you have a textbook lesson on what it takes to win in the NBA. And it was that display of toughness from Ginobili and San Antonio is what Messina says is the lesson learned for his team. "When you see Manu Ginobili in the preseason diving together with his teammates for a loose ball, and the toughness...
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