Manu Ginobili speaks for first time since testicular surgery

Ginobili says he's recovering, expected to be on court soon

SAN ANTONIO – For the first time since suffering what was no doubt the worst injury of his career, Manu Ginobili said Wednesday night he plans to be ready to play sometime next week.

The injury that required testicular surgery happened during the Spurs game against New Orleans on Feb. 3. Manu caught a knee from the Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson.

"Very unfortunate situation, play, (I) got hurt badly," Ginobili said. "It was very painful, the first week was very tough, it was the perfect storm."

One of the fears about the injury was it was something the Spurs doctors had never experienced before.

"There was not much experience on this because it had never happened before in the franchise," Ginobili said." So we were just figuring it out."

Even though he is pain free now, Ginobili said the first week hurt bad. "I didn't care about playing, I was struggling, I was in pain, I didn't even care," Ginobili said.

Ginobili said he has been cleared to practice. He has worked out with some of the staff a couple of times and felt good afterward. He will start going up against teammates to get ready for his return. He said he is pain free.

Ginobili said he saw the replay of the injury "very briefly" two weeks after it happened.

Ginobili joked the team seemed to do pretty good without him, going 11-1 during his time away.

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