By Michael De Leon, Project Spurs.com
The San Antonio Spurs started and ended their lockout-shortened 66-game season looking like two different squads after picking up Boris Diaw, and Patty Mills and trading Richard Jefferson for Stephen Jackson.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili spoke to Cancha Llena (via translation) about having those additions from day one of this season.
Last season, we were playing well, and arrivals of Stephen Jackson and Boris (Diaw) we did much better. But it was in the middle of an atypical season. Having them from Day 1 to train on certain things we could not do before but we will be better. Last year we took it on because we have experience and knowledge of the game. But notice that [Kawhi] Leonard almost did not train with the team. We had the lockout, two preseason games and we started the season. Now we know better.
Aside from dealing with the lockout and adjusting to new personnel, Ginobili also talked about missing nearly half of last season's regular season games due to injury when asked about his challenge this season.
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