It was a glorious moment for Argentina just moments after the 2013-2014 NBA Championship when Manu Ginobili announced he would represent the country in the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer.
Diagnosed with a Fracture
But now, it is unlikely for the San Antonio Spurs guard to travel to Spain as he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right leg. According to Yahoo! Sports’ sources, it was an injury that appears to have developed late in Spurs’ championship run.
Ginobili is expected to complete the recovery and rehabilitation process in two months, making him miss the World Cup which will commence on August 30; though he will likely suit up for the training camp by the end of September. At the age of 36, this will probably be the last chance he can play for an international tournament.
The two-time NBA All-Star averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists for the Spurs in 2013-2014 season. He won the 2008 Sixth Man of the Year, and has four NBA championship rings.
Other Missed Opportunity
Meanwhile, another Spurs guard will also miss the World Cup, as Patty Mills will undergo a right shoulder surgery, which will sit him for about eight months.
Mills, who plays for the Australian national team, recently agreed with the team for a 3-year contract. As a reliever for Tony Parker, he averaged 10.2 points and 1.8 assists this season with an impressive 42.5 percent from beyond the arc.