Originally Posted by Uwe Blab
Manu, aside from a few games where Tony was injured, was already almost a nonfactor during the year. I know you like to think that Manu is what makes the Spurs go, but that hasn't been the case for at least 2 years. It would have been nice if he had contributed more than he did, because that would have won the series, but he is dispensable. If Manu were to retire, it wouldn't make that much of a difference, although I'd like to see him in there for spots next year.
Manu is what sparks the general spurs fan crowd. I think he's been around more for a mental spark to the team rather than a legitimate spark for awhile. The team typically gets a lift when he comes off of the bench to take over the second team. However after seeing him this last year I think we need someone to actually make a huge impact coming off the bench rather than just the mental.