I Dream of Ginobili


"Ginobili obviously killed us. We put three different guys on him and no one could stop him." Magic coach Stan Van Gundy


"He single-handedly was the will of the game." Doc Rivers


"It was unbelievable, there's nothing you can do when a guy gets hot like that. He shot step-back 3s. He shot pull-up 3s. It was a great performance by Manu." LeBron James


"That's a bad man." Kobe Bryant in Doin' Work


"Manu Ginobili's a bad boy!" Cavs coach Mike Brown said.


"Don't you just love this guy?!?" Jeff Van Gundy


"I would pay to watch Ginobili play" Jeff Van Gundy


"He plays every possession like it's the last play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals" Mike Breen ESPN


Ginobili was the NBA’s most accurate shooter in the final five minutes of undecided games last year.  Funny we don’t see or hear much about buzzer-beaters from the Argentinian.  I think that says a lot about how he and the Spurs can close out games.  Forbes Magazine


The data essentially broke down the floor into many discrete zones and calculated the odds of Kobe Bryant making shots from different places on the court, under different degrees of defensive pressure, in different relationships to other players — how well he scored off screens, off pick-and-rolls, off catch-and-shoots and so on.  Shane Battier learns a lot from studying the data on the superstars he is usually assigned to guard . . . The San Antonio SpursManu Ginóbili is a statistical freak: he has no imbalance whatsoever in his game — there is no one way to play him that is better than another. He is equally efficient both off the dribble and off the pass, going left and right and from any spot on the floor. Michael Lewis New York Times


Watching Ginobili, I'm reminded of a simple truth: NBA basketball is just an elite form of entertainment. But few NBA stars can show it off quite like Ginobili. He's weaving, he's throwing up triple axels in sneakers, he's willing the ball into the basket. It's Cirque du Soleil with refs. So no, Manu Ginobili isn't a magician. Magicians aren't nearly as much fun to watch. Dan Oshinsk


“Ginobili is a different species. He’s the first international player who brings athletic explosiveness to the equation. He can attack the rim, but what strikes me is that he’s such a great defensive player.”                                                       —Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle

“You can hit him in the first quarter or the fourth quarter. It don’t matter. Not him. That kid ain’t stopping.”                      —Nuggets All-Star Kenyon Martin

“What he does, when someone bodies him or puts an arm on his head, his head always flops. So then his hair goes wild, and it looks like someone just murdered him.”
   —All-Star Ray Allen

He's one of those guys, who, at age 50, won't be able to walk.”
    —head coach Nate McMillan

“He’s a very confident player, such a great shooter from outside. He’s so quick with this first step in getting past you. He takes charges and gets his hands on a lot of basketballs. He has led his team to the gold medal, so you don’t have any higher standards than he has had”
      —Former NBA head coach Jim O’Brien

“I love Manu. He makes the game difficult to play. He makes the game difficult to defend. He makes it difficult to referee. You want him on your side.”
      —Nuggets head coach George Karl

"That's superhero. It's amazing." Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Manu's block

"All clean, I can't take credit away from him, he made a great block. When I was at the rim, he just met me there, his hand was inside the rim and he got it." Kevin Durant

"They can hit leaning, running, one-handed, fading mid-court shots as the clock expires. And he could do it for the win, he could do it in a preseason game. He could do it in summer league. Manu’s a machine, and I’m glad I get to watch the end of his career with an appreciation for a guy that is as singularly unique in style, performance, and ability as anyone in league history. Matt Wood Hardwood Blog

Whose step-backs are more impulsive and venomous? Whose change-of-direction dribbles and dives through the defense are more fearless and fruitful? Who knows how to get to the line more frequently and is less thrown off by atmospheric pressure? Whose willingness to take charges results in sacrificing especially vital parts? Aside from Kobe, who has swished more critical shots? Other than Wade, there's not another guard I'd rather ogle on both sides of the ball, or crave more. Peter Vecsey NY Post

"I'm almost sure, in another life, Manu and D-Wade, they could have been football players. They could have been defensive backs. Because of their speed and their quickness and they're not afraid of contact, so they attack the rim." Alonzo Mourning

"G I N O B I L I !!!!" Charles Barkley 

For all of Manu Ginobili’s strengths, perhaps no attribute is more significant than his indelible sense of the moment and ability to take full control of it. 48 MoH

"Manu is Manu" Tim Duncan

"El Contusion" Brent Barry 

"He's Manu Ginobili" Gregg Popovich

"He does the same things Michael did, he does the same things Kobe does" Gregg Popovich

"Manu's, he's just such a competitor. If you told him you were going to sign him to a gazillion bucks or if you had no interest in him coming back again, he'd play the same way. It really wouldn't affect him a bit." Pop

"Manu Ginobili is just a baller dude" Lisa Leslie  

"I knew he was great, but you don’t fully understand how amazing he is day in and day out until you really play with him...He's one of the greatest players I've ever played with" Richard Jefferson

“I think people tend to forget how good he really is,” Antonio McDyess 

"He carried them tonight. It didn't matter who was on him" Matt Barnes

The thing is that the more you examine Manu’s career, the better he becomes. In fact, Manu may be the most underrated, there’s that word again, player of our generation. - Adam Sweeney Slam Magazine 

"That was amazing, the legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable. ... He's always doing crazy stuff." - Tony Parker on Manu swatting a bat out of mid-air

“Ginobili is an unusual talent. He does things differently than any player in the league and accomplishes so much. There’s nobody in the league you can compare him to. He’s just different.” Bob Bass

"(Manu) Ginobili is good. It’s like he decided to let us hang around until we weren’t going to be able to hang around anymore. (It’s like) he said ‘I think I’m going to make three threes in the fourth quarter and open this thing up’.” Paul Westphal

After all, at his best, there might be no finer watch in this league than Manu Ginobili. We know this guy, we like this guy, and there are things this guy does on a basketball court that other NBA stars simply cannot. Kelly Dwyer Yahoo Sports Blog

Add more if you know of any, because I want to make a poster out of these quotes and put it up in my room, right next to Audrey Hepburn and John Lennon. :) 

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