Well, first of all: greetings, everyone.
This is my first post ever. To tell you the truth I have been following this blog for quite some time; but I never posted anything cuz my basketball knowledge is quite frankly very limited at best, hehe. In fact, I only started watching basketball a couple of years ago because of Manu, hahaha. You see, I'm from Argentina, but I moved to the States in 2004. Anyway, enough with the introductions, I don't wanna bore you to death.
On this occasion I decided to translate the following Manu interview ( I'll paste the translation at the end of this post):
To be completely honest, I don't think it's a very good interview, but I know that most of you are Manuphiles that can't get enough of Manu. Especially that one scary individual that goes by the name of bellasa, haha. Anwyay, I hope you enjoy it.
Here it goes:
Question: How are you?
MG: "I'm not okay, or at least not completely okay. I'm going through kind of a weird moment. I feel somewhat inconsistent and lacking rhythm. It's as if last season, the most complicated one in my life, were still bothering me. But, well, I am confident in my capacity and I believe that it is still early. I'm getting there little by little, and I believe that I'll be able to return to my highest level this very same year."
Q: In this team, do you feel like you are the same as always?
MG: "I don't know for sure. I don't know if that's the case in the current Spurs team. It's a very altered team, and I don't know if I'll play the same role that I had, for example, two years ago, when I averaged 20 points per game. Now, we have other priorities. However, I'll also say that I'm not a player who needs to score a lot in order to feel good. I scored 13 on Milwaukee and 17 on NY, and I felt really good nonetheless. So it depends. I'm a player that can feel comfortable scoring between 10 and 15 points. I haven't changed in that respect.
Q: Is the team where you guys were expecting to be at this time of the year?
MG: "No, not at all. The team is not playing well yet. It's very inconsistent and there is still a lot that it needs to improve. But we understand that the best news is that, though we are playing badly, we are still in 6th or 7th place in the West. This is making us believe that we'll be higher up once we start improving."
Q: Where do you believe you guys are failing the most?
MG: "There is a bit of everything. Perhaps we are not feeling the urgency right now. The urgency of having to win every game as if it were a final, and one can tell. But it's not only that. There are days when we don't move the ball well, days when we do not recognize ourselves defensively. I don't know, we have never failed so much for the first 25 games. We are not completely okay, period."
Q: Is your relationship with Popovich still the same?
MG: "Look, after such a long time our relationship goes beyond sports. We feel great respect for each other. Of course, there will always be delicate moments since we are talking about a player-coach relationship. However, we will still remain in good terms even if I don't stay on this team."
Q: Are you staying?
MG: "I don't know."
Q: Has the arrival of Jefferson been satisfactory?
MG: "Jefferson is a committed player. He is athletic, intelligent, and self-sacrificing. Right now he is in the same situation as the rest of the team. He is getting better at the same rate as the team. Once we get better, he should help us with what he is supposed to provide for us because that is the one and only reason why he was picked up."
Q: Pau Gasol told us that he was contemplating the World Championship from afar. How about you?
MG: "I don't know yet. It's a complicated and delicate decision. When the moment comes, I'll make a decision. It's gonna be harder than before. That is for sure. But, well, if players like Nocioni, Scola, perhaps Oberto, Prigioni, Delfino play, we will have a chance for sure."
Q: That's because Manu hasn't retired from the National team, right?
MG: "No, no, no. I haven't retired. I recognize that playing for Argentina this year is going to be more difficult than ever, and I don't know if I'll be there. But I don't want to retire just yet since there is nothing that I would hate more than retiring like this."