Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) celebrates as he comes off the court in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AT&T Center. The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Manu Ginobili rumors: Spurs guard played with stress fracture

As if you needed another reason to love what the San Antonio Spurs are all about, guard Manu Ginobili apparently played injured during the franchises championship run as the veteran reportedly suffered a stress fracture late in the Spurs season.

That’s the word from Yahoo Sports who says because of the injury, Manu Ginobili will not be able to play for Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this summer.

Ginobili, 36, was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress fracture in his exit physical with the Spurs. It’s an injury that appears to have developed late in San Antonio’s championship season, sources told Yahoo Sports.

While the injury is disappointing for Ginobili and the Argentinian team, the San Antonio Spurs will dodge a bullet as the perceived recovery time from such an injury is about two months. Given that, Manu Ginobili should be relatively (if not completely) healthy come Spurs training camp, let alone the regular season.

Training camp begins for the San Antonio Spurs in late September while the regular season doesn’t kick off until the final day or so of October.

As of right now, there doesn’t appear to be an exact window or occurrence that states when or how Ginobili suffered the injury, just that he was dealing with it during the Spurs playoff run. That’s pretty impressive considering how vital of a role Ginobili played for the Spurs and simply how well he played, especially during the NBA Finals where he shot below 50 percent in only one game.

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