I wanted to address couple of issues fans constantly bring up when it comes to Manu.
- How, with TD being the window, could Manu not have been more careful about this health and irrationally went and played in the Olympics.
- How he has managed to ruin this season by hurting his other leg which, many argue, is a by product of overcompensating for his initial injury.
Manu seems like a simple guy. From the day he's been in SA, whatever he has said has been simple. Mostly its things like "I didn't play hard enough. I didn't give enough of myself. I could have done better. I will do better next game. I can play smarter next time. Timmy makes the game easier for all of us." etc. So when Manu says docs cleared him, I simply believe the guy instead of looking for dastardly plans to show Spurs fans how much the team will miss him.
If less than ten games in the Olympics caused the first injury and broke whatever, you can bet 82 regular season games would have done it for sure. And then if the second injury happened because of the first(I think its because of all the mileage up until this point eventually causing a stress facture with maybe the previous injury hastening it a bit, who knows) then we probably looking at a time frame stretching probably into next season for Manu to recover from it all if the first had happened in the regular season. This way, everything is done and now hopefully next season is enough time to get his body feeling good.
Its weird how as a fan anyone can ask more of Manu. What else is left to give. One of the most common statements is TD is THE window. While that statement is true, I think its a subset of the Big Three is THE window(except for '99). Unless in these playoffs Tony elevates to a whole new level to alleviate the deficiencies of Timmy's knees and no Manu. It all started with Timmy and but it will end with ANY three.