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Old 01-09-06, 09:36 PM
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Manu Interview

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Recibimos 2006 en el avión
por Manu / 06-01-06



La verdad es que ya me estaba empezando a desesperar viendo todo desde afuera, as* que estoy contento con la vuelta. Aunque ya me siento bien, vamos llevando las cosas de a poco, para no tener sorpresas. La lesión fue una distensión de ligamentos en el pie derecho, cerca de los dedos, que no me dejaba apoyar con comodidad. Antes de jugar, hubo dos partidos, contra los Raptors (el 23) y contra los Pistons (el d*a de Navidad), en los que una hora antes hice pruebas para ver qué pasaba. El cuerpo técnico me vio que no pisaba bien y decidimos esperar dos d*as más, hasta el partido contra Indiana.

Lo que cuesta en la NBA después de las lesiones es entrar en ritmo de juego, porque no hay entrenamientos y eso tenés que encontrarlo directamente en los partidos. En el tercer juego, contra Denver, y en el cuarto, contra Portland, ya fui ganando más confianza y estuve mejor.

Con eso que les dije de Detroit el 25 de diciembre, ya se imaginan que las Fiestas este año fueron un espanto. El partido fue al mediod*a, as* que la noche anterior nos acostamos a las 11 de la noche, porque a las 9 de la mañana ya salimos para la cancha. De todos modos acá no se espera la medianoche para festejar, la fiesta es a la mañana siguiente, cuando se abren los regalos. Nosotros, la noche anterior nada más tuvimos una cena de equipo y, como sólo estuvimos 24 horas en Detroit, esta vez ni siquiera vino mi mujer, Marianela. El 31 jugamos contra Denver; la medianoche nos agarró en pleno vuelo y brindamos en el regreso a San Antonio, as* que recibimos 2006 en el avión.

Hay algunos temas de los que se está hablando mucho por estos d*as y los contesto todos, pero por partes:

¡Cómo está jugando el Sepo! Me encanta que le vaya bien. Obviamente no lo puedo ver, pero sigo por Internet sus partidos con Libertad y escucho algunos por radio. Siempre estoy al tanto de lo que pasa en la Liga Nacional. Algunos ya dicen que se merece una chance en la selección y es bárbaro escucharlo. Ser*a un sueño jugar con él, pero también sé que el seleccionado es un equipo que está armado desde hace muchos años y que ser*a raro que se diera una preselección de muchos jugadores. Además, ¡no se olviden de que es mi hermano! No es fácil para m* tener que opinar sobre eso.


El All Star Game. Realmente no sé si voy a estar cerca o no, ni cómo piensa la gente que vota o los entrenadores que van a elegir. Si se da otra vez, me va a alegrar mucho. Y si no, no me olvido que todo eso es muy relativo; es un juego que se hace en la mitad de la temporada y las cosas más importantes no se definen all*.


La adaptación de Fabri Oberto. Como les hab*a contado, todo lo que está pasando es lo previsible. Llegó a un equipo con un plan de juego muy definido y con jugadores que ya conocen bien ese plan. Aparte, como les conté, no hay posibilidades de probarse en los entrenamientos. Depende de cómo estén Rasho Nesterovic y Nazr Mohammed en cada partido, y de los rivales contra los que juguemos. Por ejemplo, si enfrente está Phoenix, que juega con muchos perimetrales, lo más probable es que Robert Horry juegue de 4 (ala pivote) y Tim Duncan de 5 (pivote). Fabri está jugando sus minutos, ayuda al equipo y tiene paciencia para esperar su oportunidad. El resto es cuestión de tiempo.

Volviendo a la competencia, Detroit tiene el mejor récord. Los cinco titulares (Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Ben y Rasheed Wallace) son grandes atletas, la naturaleza fue generosa con ellos. Por eso juegan muchos minutos, están acostumbrados a hacerlo y les da resultado. Creo que todav*a tienen fresco el recuerdo de la derrota en la final con nosotros el último año. Saben que uno de los motivos por los que perdieron fue tener que jugar el séptimo partido de visitante. Por eso ahora salieron a jugar con un enojo especial, para quedarse con la ventaja de local*a en los playoffs. Van a ser un rival duro, como siempre. Pero para llegar a eso, todav*a hay que jugar 50 partidos.
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Here's the translation that I got thanks to someone on another site

We received 2006 on the plane

The truth is, I was starting to get desperate watching everything from outside, so I'm glad I'm back. Although I feel fine, we're taking things slowly as to not have any surprises. The injury was a ligament strain on my right foot, close to the toes, which didn't allow me to step on it comfortably. Before playing, there were two games, against the Raptors (the 23rd) and against the Pistons (on Christmas day), in which an hour before the game I did some tests to see how I was doing. The coaching staff saw that I wasn't stepping well and we decided to wait two more days, until the game against Indiana.

The thing that's more difficult in the NBA after an injury is getting back into rhythm, because there are no training sessions so you have to find it directly in the games. In the third game, against Denver, and the fourth, against Portland, I was already more confident and was (feeling?/playing?) better.

By what I told you of Detroit in December 25th you can imagine that this holidays were pretty ugly. The game was at noon, so the night before we went to bed at 11 PM because we had to leave for the arena at 9 AM. Anyway, here they don't wait until midnight to celebrate, the celebration is the next morning, when they open their gifts. We only had a team dinner on Christmas Eve and because we were for just 24 hours in Detroit, this time not even my wife Marianela traveled with me. In the 31st we played against Denver; midnight caught us in the middle of our flight and we had a toast on our way back to San Antonio, so we received 2006 on the plane.

There are some things that are being talked about a lot these days and I answer to all of them, but in parts:

Sepo (Sebastián Ginóbili, his brother) is playing great! I love it that he's doing well. Obviously I can't see him, but I follow his games with Libertad on the Internet and I listen to some on the radio. I'm always in touch with what's happening in the National League. Some are already saying that he deserves a chance in the national team and is great to hear that. It would be a dream to play with him, but I also know that it's a team that's pretty much formed since years ago and it would be odd to have some tryouts with many players. Besides, don't forget he's my brother! It's not easy for me having to give an opinion on this.

The All Star Game. I don't really know if I am close or not, nor how the fans and the coaches think. If it happens again, I'll be very happy. If not, I don't forget that all this is very relative; is a game played in the middle of the season and the most important things are not at stake in it.

The adaptation of Fabri Oberto. As I told you once, everything that's happening is what was supposed to happen. He came to a team that has a very well defined game plan and with players that already know that plan well. Besides, as I told you, there is no chance to prove yourself in the training sessions. It depends on how Rasho Nesterovic and Nazr Mohammed are doing in each game, and the opponents we are playing. For example, if we are playing Phoenix, which plays with many guards, it is most likely that Robert Horry will play the 4 (power forward) and Tim Duncan the 5 (center). Fabri is getting his minutes, he helps the team and has the patience to wait for his chance. The rest is a matter of time.

Back to the competition, Detroit has the better record. Their five starters (Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Ben and Rasheed Wallace) are all great athletes, nature has been generous with them. That's why they play many minutes, they are used to do it and it works for them. I think they still have fresh memories of their defeat against us in the finals last season. They know that one of the reasons they lost was having to play the seventh game as visitors. That's why they now came to play with a special anger, to get home court advantage in the playoffs. They're going to be a tough rival, as always. But to get to that point, there are still 50 more games to play.
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Old 01-09-06, 10:48 PM
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Well Manu gets it. And so did Pop as he stated on the Pop show, it's obvious that Detroit is looking for the HCA, but he downplayed his team's attempt to get that HCA, Pop stated that we can only control what we do, not what other teams do. He said they will take wherever they land. I think more than anything, best record, HCA or whatever, Pop wants to make sure the team is clicking on all cylinders, and the rest will take care of itself. It's a process that has been successful for the Spurs for a while now.
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Old 01-09-06, 11:59 PM
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kmgospurs, thanks for posting. It was a good interview. Good response about the all star game. I think the Spurs know what it's going to take, HCA or not.
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