The San Antonio Spurs carried a veteran-laden roster into the NBA Finals this summer against the Miami Heat. While their experience helped in some areas, it also meant that, by Game 7, several players were worn down physically. That was the case with Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who told reporters that he felt like he was playing with a parking brake on at the end of the season.
The physical part. Having to keep rehabilitating and getting in shape after injuries. Having to play with the parking brake on because I'm coming back from a muscle strain. That wore me out and it was hard. I have a great time when I'm healthy and playing, I feel lucky playing with the team and coaching staff I play for. But the physical problems drained me.
It’s probably true that, even though Ginobili is 36 years old, the Spurs are better off with him than without him. Still, there figure to be more injuries to come this year, and Ginobili’s stats dropped last season, when he averaged just 11.8 points per game and shot 42.5 percent from the field.