Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is out for at least a month after surgery Thursday for a testicle injury he suffered during the team’s win over New Orleans earlier this week.
Ginobili was injured with 2:26 remaining in the game Wednesday night. New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson had his back turned to Ginobili as he was working toward the basket when he spun quickly and struck the 38-year-old guard squarely in the groin with his right knee.
Ginobili tumbled to the floor and remained on the court for about a minute before exiting the court holding his side and clutching a towel to his mouth. Ginobili dropped to the floor in pain as he was walking to the locker room. Anderson was assessed with an offensive foul.
The team said Ginobili is out indefinitely, but won’t return for at least a month.
The 14-year veteran was enjoying a resurgent season after contemplating retirement in the offseason following numerous nagging injuries over the past few seasons. The 6-foot-6 Argentine is averaging 10 points, 3.3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 19.7 minutes for the Spurs.
Former NBA star arrested
Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (bit.ly/1TG5igD) that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles northwest of New York City.
Police says the 47-year-old Williams was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Williams told deputies he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Officials say Williams had difficulty standing, slurred his speech and failed a field sobriety test.
Williams retired from the New Jersey Nets in 1999.