The San Antonio Spurs and Rabies Shots

April 20th, 2010 by Brandon Land Leave a reply »
Although it was back on the last day of October, the play that made the highlight reel is still fresh in at least one player's mind. He was constantly reminded for the next month with an array of rabies shots.

It wasn't a highlight dunk or block that got Ginobili the attention on Halloween; no, it was the effortless way in which he swatted down a stray bat in the AT&T Center with a motion that had the feeling of a scene in The Karate Kid in which Daniel was able to catch a pesky fly with chopsticks.

Since the bat survived and was not able to be retrieved, Ginobili received precautionary rabies vaccinations that caused Manu himself to proclaim, "the bat won."

Nearly six months later, Gregg Popovich might wish for his entire team to get vaccinated if it will cause them to play the way Ginobili has in recent months, or at the very least take some pressure off of Ginobili, Duncan, and Parker.

"I thought we had a lot of guys that played like dogs."

That, my friends, is the sound of a man who knows that his role-players simply didn't do enough for the team. As a matter of fact, Popovich knows as well as anyone that his Spurs ...

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