Ginobili misses FIBA World Cup, sees Argentina career end http://t.co/LIPlSzDtpL
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Ginobili turned 37 years old in July and was rumored to be experiencing serious pain throughout the playoffs. According to the San Antonio Express-News, an MRI showed a stress fracture in his lower right fibula. The All-Star shooting guard has had a history of injury issues: According to NBA.com, he missed 14 games last season, 22 in 2012-13 and 48 in 2011-12.
Ginobili has always been adamant that he perform in international play, but Buck Harvey of the Express-News explains how the Spurs have had enough.
"If the Spurs were willing to live with Ginobili's international passion before, they aren't now. Their recent letter outlines their contractual rights under an NBA/FIBA agreement, and this could cause a rift. One within the Spurs franchise joked that Ginobili might ignore them and still play. ... Ginobili went to the Beijing Olympics with an existing ankle injury. Popovich let Ginobili know he didn't want him to play, and Ginobili eventually collapsed in China, and an operation was required."CBS Sports reported that the injury will have a two-month recovery time, so Manu should be ready by training camp.
Ginobili has played 12 seasons in the NBA, all with San Antonio. He has career averages of 14.7 points per game, 4.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds.