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Finals loss left Manu Ginobili wanting more

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10:32 AM ET 10.20 | It took Spurs General Manager R. C. Buford less than six minutes on July 1 when the market opened to tell Manu Ginobili that he was wanted and needed. "That's all I wanted to hear," said Ginobili, who signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal. And Ginobili truly appears to be back. The Spurs had been five seconds away from winning their fifth N.B.A. title in five attempts, but two missed rebounds followed by gut-wrenching 3-pointers helped Miami win Game 6 in overtime, and the Heat closed out their second straight championship two days later. No one took it worse than Ginobili. Not even a family vacation swimming with his twin sons could make him forget. "It could have been easier if every single waiter and employee and visitor of that hotel hadn't watched the finals," Ginobili said. "Everybody wanted to tell you that they watched it and appreciated what you did and say something about the game." He added, "It made me remember a lot more than I wanted."

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October 20, 2013  10:56 AM ET

The Nose doesn't Know?

October 20, 2013  12:05 PM ET

Wonder if RC now wishes he had offered Manu less? :)

Manu is the clutch, crazy athletic, wild man. The crazy athleticism seems to have diminished, so hopefully he becomes a little less wild man and gets back to being more clutch.

October 20, 2013  12:43 PM ET

He deserves to be back but the playoffs was not the real Manu. It's like something took over his body. He plainly sucked and cost the Spurs a championship. He is a veteran and he wasn't suppose to play like s h-1-t....

October 20, 2013  02:28 PM ET

Wnat in one hand and **** in the other and see which one fills up first.

October 20, 2013  04:15 PM ET

Manu will redeem himself this season...book it.

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October 21, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If the Spurs had swallowed their pride and played Stephen Jackson instead of Manu, they would be preparing to raise another banner as we speak.

+1.

Manu single handed awarded Heat their trophy. Pop's a culprit also.

 
October 21, 2013  11:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If the Spurs had swallowed their pride and played Stephen Jackson instead of Manu, they would be preparing to raise another banner as we speak.

Amen! Trading Jack was a huge mistake.

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