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Claudius 08-29-2008 11:59 AM

Ginobili receiving surgery
Don't know how long or if this is even serious.


Associated Press

August 29, 2008 at 11:14 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili says he needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left heel after playing for Argentina in the Beijing Olympics.

"They're going to operate on me," Ginobili was quoted as saying by Argentina's La Nacion newspaper Friday.

Ginobili, who helped lead Argentina to a bronze medal in Beijing, said a subsequent MRI exam of his injured ankle showed no improvement.

"It's the same as it was two months ago, when they did the first exam," he said. "It's not worse, which is important. Now, the thing is, it's not better either, and it seems like the only way to repair it completely is arthroscopic surgery."

Ginobili first hurt the ankle during the NBA playoffs, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had urged his player not to compete in the Olympics unless the injury improved. Ginobili had to sit out the bronze-medal match against Lithuania after feeling pain during the semifinals against the United States.

Ginobili, 31, said he doesn't know what doctor will perform the surgery or when.

"Aside from this situation, I'm comfortable with the situation," he said. "My plan was to be part of the Olympic games, and I knew that if I suffered from pain they would have to operate. This isn't something that took me by surprise."

fancylad 08-29-2008 12:03 PM

sure sounds like he's gonna miss a chunk of the season.

Gurk 08-29-2008 12:09 PM

Wow watching the Aegentina-USA game I didn't think this injury was going to be this serious

'trane 08-29-2008 12:29 PM

arthroscopic is about as unserious as surgery can be. they will likely make a small incision, cut out a bit of frayed or torn ligament, and then sew him back up. i had a similar surgery on my knee for cartiledge repair (ligement can be more serious that cartiledge, but not necessarily) and i was walking that night. he should be fine.

Ball Don't Lie 08-29-2008 12:40 PM

He barely plays 30 mpg during the season and hes still always gimpy come playoff time, hes a lot like Gerald Wallace in terms of his reckless abandon going to the basket, which he may have to tone down a bit this year if he wants to be fresh come playoff time, because hes the spurs x factor.

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