“I wanted to be like Manu Ginobili”: the confession of an NBA star

Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson, along with the NBA’s Best Sixth Man award (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)

Manu Ginobili left an important mark on the NBA after shining for 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs jersey. In his record there are 4 champion rings, he was an All-Star twice and won the Best Sixth Man award in 2008. In addition, he won the Euroleague in 2001 with Kinder Bologna and with the Argentine team he won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, a bronze medal in Beijing 2008 and a world runner-up in Indianapolis 2002.

A mark of his legacy was in evidence during the speech he gave Jordan Clarkson, one of the stars of the Utah Jazz and brand new winner of the Best Sixth Man of the current season in the American league.

Jordan Clarkson had an outstanding performance for the Utah Jazz (Photo by Jeff Swinger / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)
Jordan Clarkson had an outstanding performance for the Utah Jazz (Photo by Jeff Swinger / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images via AFP)

He’s a guy that I really watched growing up. He really made his role really great for me, “said the perimeter of the Salt Lake City team, a franchise that in the regular phase stayed with the Western Conference and had the best record, with 52 victories and only 20 defeats.”I wanted to be like Manu, do his moves and things like that”Added the 28-year-old basketball player, making clear his admiration and devotion for the Bahiense.

Clarkson is a great help wheel for the cast trained by Quin Snyder and whose main stars are Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. In his 68 games (only one time was the game) he averaged 18.4 points (the highest of his entire career), 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Manu Ginobili, with the Best Sixth Man award
Manu Ginobili, with the Best Sixth Man award

The Utah Jazz will play Game 3 of their series tonight against Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum from Tennessee. The key is tied 1-1 and the winner will be measured in the next instance against the winner of the cross between Kawahi Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers and Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks.

The mythical 20 of the Texas franchise changed the thinking within a competition where they only seemed to send the results. Before Manu raised this award, this distinction was discredited and classified by many as “the best of the bad guys”.

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“It changed what the Best Sixth Man award means. Many people think it is European, but it is not. He is South American. And all the South American players that I played with bring that strength and that struggle. Manu is one of those people who mean more to the game than people think ”, Kevin Durant, world and Olympic champion with the United States and current megastar of the Brooklyn Nets, was able to express a few years ago.

“He played as important a role as Tim Duncan in building our culture. When Manu Ginobili comes off the bench, it is difficult for someone to complain about why they are not starting, or in whatever role they play ”, outlined general manager ‘RC’ Buford on the importance of the Argentine in the successful cycle of the Spurs.


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