Oh my goodness. I didn’t know people in the Spurs organization actually did radio interviews! I honestly have never heard Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford do a radio interview, but I guess there is a first time for everything. Not to mention, there are some pretty newsworthy things going on with Spurs. Besides the fact that they scratched and clawed their way to a number seven seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs also recently signed Manu Ginobili to a new three-year contract which takes him out of this summer’s star-studded free agent class. While the Spurs have had their ups and down this season and have dealt with a number of different issues, they are once again in the playoffs and I can’t imagine people in Dallas being too happy about having to play a team as experienced and as battle-tested as the Spurs in a first round playoff match-up.
R.C. Buford joined KTKA in San Antonio with Mike Taylor to talk about why they decided to resign Manu Ginobili when they did, how important it was to get something done, and whether or not he expects George Hill to play in the playoffs.
On the timing of the Manu Ginobili re-signing:
“I think it was just at a time where both of us felt comfortable with where the discussions had gone. I don’t know how you decide when the timing is right.”
On why he thinks it was important to re-sign Manu Ginobili:
“I think Manu is important to our franchise for a lot of different reasons and I think it was important for us going forward to have him in the fold. I think a lot of people are happy.”
On how he feels Richard Jefferson has fit in during his first season in San Antonio:
“I think it’s hard to answer that question because there are so many things that have been difficult to get a consistent read on. The health of Manu, the health of Tony (Parker), the consistency of our entire team’s play has been difficult for anybody to come in and get a real comfort level. Having said that, I think Richard has played more good games lately than poor games. I think that the health of everybody else and the play of everybody else is going to help in that respect.”
On how George Hill is recovering and what the actual injury was that he sustained:
“There’s not a great deal of damage to the ankle itself. Ligaments are strong and healthy and there is not a lot of swelling. The peroneal tendon took pretty severe trauma. It’s a pain tolerance and making sure the peroneal tendon is firing consistently to provide the protection.”
On whether or not George Hill will be ready for the playoffs:
“Yeah. I don’t know how you judge that. I know George is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around and I know he’s a fierce competitor. If there’s any way that he feels well enough to play, than he will be out there.”