Argentinian forward Manu Ginobli (via Getty)
On Monday, the Spurs sent a letter to Manu Ginobili denying him permission to play for the Argentinian national team in the FIBA World Cup, citing a stress fracture that the 37-year-old forward suffered in his right leg during the NBA Finals. Normally stress fractures—tiny cracks in the bone caused by repetitive impact—take about two months to heal, meaning Ginobli would technically be healthy to play in the FIBA tournament, taking place August 30 through September 14. But to ensure proper rest and avoid injury before the 2014-2015 season, the Spurs administration issued a cold no to their sixth man.
Earlier this summer, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard announced he would not seek to join the USA team for the international hoops tournament, looking to recharge over the summer.