Before the Spurs thrashed the new “super team” Warriors on opening night last night, Manu Ginobili gave an interview with San Antonio Express News in which he discussed Kevin Durant and his move from the Thunder.
Ginobili, the Argentine international, is never one to hold back, and he was as blunt as always when talking about Durant. He said he was “surprised” by the move, expecting Durant to want another shot at beating the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. But he didn’t stop there.
Ginobili compared the Warriors to the 2003-04 Lakers team, where Karl Malone and Gary Payton joined the team to play with Shaq and Kobe. That team was lauded as a super team, but they lost in the finals to the Detroit Pistons.
“I remember back 10 years when it was the Payton-Malone-Kobe,” Ginobili said. “We were all shocked at the beginning, but then it’s just another team. They’ve got to figure it out and find their balance and it’s just one more team.”
After he was done taking a jab at Durant and the Warriors, he took a swing at OKC. He questioned their ability to be a serious threat without Durant.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with OKC, but maybe it’s one less team to beat,” Ginobili said. “One less team that is as big a threat as they used to be.”
Russell Westbrook is the type of player to hold a grudge, and he’s certainly not going to be happy about this. The teams don’t face off until January, but you can expect to see sparks fly between the two of them when they do.