Here's what I think is a reasonably correct translation of an article Manu wrote tonight for La Nacion, the Buenos Aires newspaper: Continued after the jump.
First, I want to confirm the great news: I'll be the father of twins! Many and I, of course, are very happy. We are thrilled because we had been looking forward to this for a while. It is a very important moment of life, and I wanted to comment before talking about basketball. They say these things will change everything. I hope it will go very well. Last Tuesday we did the ultrasound, and we had the confirmation that they are twins. Many is two and a half months pregnant and we estimate that births may not be in Argentina because it would be in early June, a time when I'll be here playing the playoffs or, if we don’t go far, just not going to travel to Argentina with a pregnancy of 8 months. We do not have names yet. In addition, you must play with four variants, ha, ha. We just started thinking. Of course our families already know and are as happy as we.
A different month, right? Including all the implications of the bat, the improvement of this team and the reality show that is being prepared. I want to clarify that the bat was absolutely unthinking. I never imagined doing what I did and that it would be seen by almost 3,000,000 people on the Internet. It was an instinctive reaction. He had bothered us once, twice, and the third time he appeared, I tried to down it and I did. I did not expect it would generate much excitement. I did not know many details that bats can spread rabies. There is no study that can detect if you have the virus and, therefore, I had to have the injections. Even if I had a one in a million chance to catch it, I had to. In fact, bats are very important in the ecosystem and only 1% are carriers of the rabies virus.
I have already had six injections, and only the first was a bit painful. On Monday, I receive the 7th and will be finished in a week. The truth is that I never had disgust or fear of bats. Once, when I lived in Bologna, I was eating at the house of Hugo Sconochini and one entered the kitchen. Also in Bahiense del Norte there are a lot. At night when we went to eat asados, they would fly around. Also in Andino, La Rioja, I found bats. Not that I lived with them, but I'm not impressed. The funny thing is that now the Coyote, the mascot for the Spurs, has begun to dress up as a bat and leaps about, pretends to be scared (of me) and runs away. It's amazing all that this subject hasgenerated! Not to mention the things I saw on Twitter and Facebook. Photos of all types, related to Batman. Without doubt, kids do not imitate me. If a bat touches a wound or bites you, it can be very dangerous, you should know.
Well, let's talk basketball right? Actually we played horrible in Portland and Utah, and we started with a losing record 2-3. Now, despite the absence of Tim (Duncan) and Tony (Parker), we got better. Against Toronto won because we played very well offensively and last night, with Dallas, because the defensive intensity appeared. It makes sense that we had to enhance and multiply the effort because of the lack of Tim and Tony. Luckily Richard Jefferson scored at a great level and was instrumental in the final game. We needed a small forward with his strength and ability to penetrate. I think Tony and Tim could come back tomorrow and we have to get used to playing together again. In particular, I feel good, healthy, and happy to bring things to the team. I'm still a little unsure physically and mentally, but I have to have patience and move forward.
Regarding the reality show, my role is relative. While I am the image of the program and lend my name, I do not organize it and can only be with the boys when they come to San Antonio. I'll talk, we will have some meetings and they are going to see one or two of our games, but I'm not the one who runs things like I do with the Foundation, the marathon In Bahia Blanca, or the camps with the children. I'm like a guest star ...