“Last time it happened it was with [Fabricio] Oberto, in ’05,” said Ginobili at training camp, describing the presence of his Olympic teammates. “So it’s been a while since I had the opportunity to welcome an Argentinian to the team. So it’s great. I appreciate them both. We spent two months together. I knew Nico from before. So it’s great to have this opportunity to show them around, to share also the Spurs experience and the NBA experience with them. They are thrilled to be here for sure so I’m just gonna try to help them as much as I can.”
The Spurs signed Garino to a two-year partially guaranteed contract back in July and early indications suggest that he could spend time with D-League Spurs in Austin if he is unable to crack the roster. At 6’6”, with a decent shooting stroke, Garino is a solid defender who is still adjusting to NBA speed. He averaged 6 points per game in Olympic competition, while generally guarding the opposition’s toughest wing.
“They have to work very hard to be able to play at this level but they are two players that have a lot of talent and a lot of determination to be able to get to a spot in the NBA,” said Ginobili in his native tongue. “I have no doubt. They are distinct players. One is fundamentally more creative, more talented. The other is a workhorse, tireless, a great defender with a good shot.”
Following their preseason loss to the Suns this week, Laprovittola earned praise from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich after demonstrating his ability to run the offense in a starting role. Laprovittola finished with 6 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds, while Garino struggled to make an impact on the game.
Se viene una pretemporada interesante en San Antonio! 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) September 25, 2016
It's definitely gonna be a different preseason. 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/UkjOFeImn8
“The two of them are good players and I believe that they are going to stay in the NBA, hopefully with this team,” admitted Ginobili. “If not with this team, with another, but the truth is that I wish them the best because they are good guys, hard workers, and I am truly happy they are here.”
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