Found November 13, 2012 on
In the age of social media, the gap between NBA players and fans is bridged bringing fans an even closer look at their favorite athletes.
For San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, that rings especially true since he has an active twitter and Facebook account and posts photos from several photo sharing sites. But while you may know what Ginobili is having for dinner or his excitement over wearing the new gray uniforms recently, some of his background and even some of the questions we've all wondered are left unanswered.
That's where Spurs.com has been stepping in with their series of mailbags on the team site lately. They recently published part three of Ginobili's mailbag session where the guard answered questions about his choice for jersey number, what he'd be doing if he were not an NBA player and what he treasures most between his championship rings and Olympic gold medal among other questions.
One little known fact about Ginobili is the day he was introduced to San Antonio media in an event I covered, he was presented with a jersey bearing the number six on it. Yes, the same number six that Avery Johnson wore in San Antonio and that many expected would be retired and eventually was.
Although he wore the number overseas, it would be short-lived, as the Spurs asked him to select another number. So just how did Ginobili come up with the number 20?
I chose the number 6 because that was my previous number in Italy, but that was Avery Johnson’s number. I chose number 10, that was my previous number before that, but R. C. (Buford) said Speedy Claxton chose that number a week before I signed. He said please try and give me an answer by 5 pm, and it was already 2. I don’t know, I guess I just liked the number and thought it looked good.
Speaking of numbers, Manu Ginobili, the all-star future hall-of-fame shooting guard could have been Manu Ginobili the CPA had he chosen another career path. Luckily for Spurs fans, he favored the hardwood over the likes of a Texas Instruments financial calculator.
Ginobili said he always liked numbers, and although he thought about studying accounting or management, he knew as a teenager that he would be a basketball player.
Along with other questions, Ginobili said teammates Nando De Colo and Kawhi Leonard could be breakout players for the Spurs this season.
We don’t have many new players, but Nando is a great player who’s going to be fun to watch. He loves to pass and has a lot of talent, he always adds a little spicy to every pass. Kawhi is someone who is going to play a lot and get even better.
For Manu's thoughts on comparing his three rings and his Olympic gold to his thoughts on what the Spurs need to improve, read the full mailbag at Spurs.com.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Spurs aren't immune to making coaching changes early in seasons, not that anyone really remembers or notices.
It's just the thought of San Antonio canning a coach now seems as foreign as the Spurs' internationally-laden roster. The NBA's ultimate model of consistency and stability doesn't do rash. The Spurs stay the course, cranking out essentially the same...
Right before he came to join the San Antonio Spurs, Nando De Colo did some final training with Franck Le Goff (assistant coach for French team JSF Nanterre) where Goff put De Colo through a battery of dribbling drills, and shooting drills.
In a previous video, Nando went though some dribbling routines where he showed off an impressive handle with the ball. In this latest video...
Let’s look at the media covering the SAN ANTONIO SPURS Newspaper- The San Antonio Express-News serves the greater San Antonio area. Its online sports section includes a special page of content on the Spurs. Reporter Dan McCarney (Twitter) has the beat covered. ColumnistsBuck Harvey (Twitter) and Mike Monroe (Twitter) will have also have much to say on
The San Antonio Spurs are sitting at 6-1, good enough for the second best record (percentage-wise) in the NBA. Once again, they’re shaking off all the haters who said they were too old, couldn’t compete with the Thunder or the Lakers and that their dynasty was finally headed down to the basement.
It’s definitely too early to start handing out championship rings, but the...
It’s that time of year again. It’s time for everybody to vote for their favorite players to represent their teams in the annual All-Star game. As usual, you can expect the voting to become a popularity contest, not really having anything to do with performance, but usually the best players end up making the roster in the end.
This year you can vote for four different San...
With 19.9 seconds remaining and the San Antonio Spurs trailing the Los Angeles Lakers 82-81 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, the Spurs didn’t draw up a play for Tony Parker or Tim Duncan. On this night in Los Angeles, the Spurs drew up a play for Danny Green who was being defended by the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. With Bryant not playing Green closely, Green made him pay.
The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers were going back and forth all night but in the end a big time shot gave the Spurs the win. The Spurs dribble the ball up the court with 16 seconds left and ran some screens for Danny Green, who got wide open and hit the game winning three pointer in Kobe Bryant’s face with 9 seconds left. This gave the Spurs the 84-82 victory. Of all...
Danny Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left, Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat Los Angeles 84-82 Tuesday night in the Lakers' first loss since firing coach Mike Brown.
After Pau Gasol missed a 3-pointer, Tiago Splitter's hustle prevented the Lakers from controlling the rebound before the buzzer sounded on Los Angeles' first...
As Tony Parker casually jogged the ball up the floor, the Los Angeles Lakers had a one-point lead with 16 seconds to go. In all likelihood, the Lakers needed just a single stop to beat the West-leading Spurs and improve to .500. As the headline implies, the Lakers did not get this stop, nor did they defeat the Spurs. Instead, Danny Green knocked down a game-winning three...
SPURRING TEAM TO VICTORY
The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers were in a tight battle Tuesday night, and when it looked like the Lakers may squeak out a huge win over the Spurs, Danny Green hits a pivotal three-pointer that would win end up being the game-winner over Los Angeles with just seconds remaining. This is [...]The post Danny Green’s Game-Winner vs Los Angeles Lakers (Video) appeared...
San Antonio Spurs 2011 draft pick Adam Hanga continues to flourish overseas playing with Spanish club for Bàsquet Manresa.
It wasn't too long ago Hanga hit a last second shot for Manresa against Grand Canaria and it seems he did it again. At the end of the first quarter of a recent game, Hanga launched a half court shot and hit nothing but net. Check it out.
This must be ESPN's "Boom Goes The Dynamite" moment.
After the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Indiana Pacers earlier this month, ESPN broke down the game but apparently failed miserably.
From the get go of the highlight segment, ESPN anchor calls a play between Manu Ginobili and DeJuan Blair as Tim Duncan to Danny Green. Clearly it was wrong and that was...
Dwight Howard dunks amongst three Spurs on Tuesday.
The By The Numbers recap for the Lakers’ 84-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on Tuesday night. The Lakers are now 3-5, and next play home to Phoenix on night.
The Lakers regular season winning percentage against the Spurs after Tuesday night’s loss. They’re now 74-73 all-time against San Antonio, but...
The San Antonio Spurs (6-1) will take on the new-look Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) in Los Angeles who haven't gotten off to good start. Aside from adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the mix, the Lakers went through a coaching change firing former Spurs assistant coach Mike Brown and added Mike D'Antoni. Needless to say, this Lakers team will need a bit more time to get some...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Green > Gasol?
The Spurs matchup with the Lakers came down to two deciding plays. A 48-minute game and rivalry came down to the very end. The way you would expect.
San Antonio, trailing by one point, got into one of its favorite offensive sets. A floppy set with Stephen Jackson...