So Ginobili is going to undergo anthroscopic surgery to repair the ligament in his left heel. At this point its unclear how long this will keep him on the sidelines. I am still confident the Spurs can maintain a decent record throughout the beginning of the season even without Ginobili's presence, so to a certain extent I am happy they are addressing the issue of his nagging injury and addressing it thoroughly. That being said, his potential absence only further highlights how underwhelming an off-season this has been for San Antonio.
At the end of the day, we rely on the big three for the vast majority of our points, and we all know a two-legged stool can't stand. We failed to add an offensive player who was capable of scoring consistently, instead choosing to re-sign an aging and increasingly unproductive Michael Finley. We also failed to hang onto Brent Barry, who I feel was the more versatile and consistent of the veteran gunners we have on the squad. I am happy we signed Roger Mason Jr., but its unrealistic to see him as a steady answer to our offensive woes. I am concerned that Mason's addition is thought of in the front office as similar to what the addition of Finley and Horry were when we first acquired them. Although both are now far past their prime, at the time they joined the Spurs they were undeniably solid additions: Finley was an offensive machine and Horry was the premier role player in the league. Mason's addition, however content I am with it, will not be as substantive as previous "tweaks" the Spurs have made.
I am not seriously concerned about Ginobili's ankle. Obviously it highlights his age (because he spent years playing pro abroad people often forget that Manu is 31), but if this is what is necessary to make sure he will be at 100% than so be it. I just think it gives some perspective regarding the front office's inflexibility regarding the current roster: They consistently refuse to invest in younger talent or honestly acknowledge that, however solid our defense may be, our offense must improve significantly if we are going to compete for a championship in the next year or two. No team that wants to compete for a ring should rely so overwhelming on so few players to put points on the board.