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Manu Ginobili receives the best compliment an NBA legend can receive

During the Tim Duncan years, Spurs fans constantly defended their team against highlight-mongers who claimed the Silver and Black were a boring team to watch. Nonsense. First, there is nothing more entertaining than watching your team crush their opponents night after night. They won games by crushing other teams and playing great together. They were great to watch. Second, San Antonio was home to one of the most exciting players in NBA history: Manu Ginobili.

Author Kirk Goldsberry was the vice president of strategic research for the San Antonio Spurs from 2016 to 2018, so he was part of the organization, but not for Ginobili's benefit. But that didn't stop him from acknowledging Manu's influence in his book. The five superstars who invented the modern NBA. Goldsberry spoke about his work on Derek Thompson’s Podcast in simple English.

Ginobili's moves were so impressive that it left you scratching your head. His nifty behind-the-back passes and clever footwork were second to none. Fans at the 2-1-0 were well aware of the tangible and intangible contribution Manu brought to San Antonio. It's hard to miss when you watch the games. But it's nice to see others remember the Argentine legend for the impact he made on the league and that influence is still alive today.

The 1999 second-round pick was a winner. He brought his talent for the game to the United States, but his highlights were never selfish. They were always about making the best play possible to lead his team to victory. His Euro-Step was a key weapon on that journey, and he used it in a way that his peers and loyal fans won't soon forget.

Listen to the full episode below!