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Manu Ginobili says he would've loved playing in this era — ”My game was pretty much adapted to today’s game”

Manu also has no problem with players joining to form superteams, and he explained why it's good for the Association.
San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili

The evolution of the game has struck old-timers in different ways. Some see it as a softer, less-competitive era, while others view it as beautiful. And there are also those that see little to no change at all. Among them is former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili.

New era? No biggie

Fans have regularly been comparing eras, and every debate always comes down to one narrative- old school basketball vs. new school basketball. Evidently, those who side with the old school reckon that the league was better back in the day as players gave it all they got inside the court. Meanwhile, those who back the new school claim that less physicality has allowed players to show what they are capable of.

However, Ginobili sees none of that becoming a factor if he played in this era. If anything, “Manudona” is even confident his game would complement today’s NBA.

I don’t think that would be different. My game was pretty much adapted to today’s game,” Ginobili told ESPN in 2019. “I would have enjoyed the pace, the faster pace and taking quicker shots and more threes, that we were not allowed to do 15 years ago. I think I would have played very similarly.

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Weighing in on Manu’s claim, it’s safe to say that he would’ve definitely enjoyed playing in this era as he has always carried an array of moves in his bag during his playing years. On top of that, Ginobili made a name for himself in the NBA for being fearless and incredibly athletic for an international player.

Manu likes superteams

Indeed, Ginobili is not your typical NBA legend. In recent times, the so-called “superteams” have become somewhat of a trend in the league. Guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been linking up with their fellow superstars, and some old-school players are not fond of it as they think it takes away the importance of trust in the team you built, which is part of greatness.

But for Ginobili, superteams are fine and even “healthy” for the league.

I think it’s healthy for the league. Now, most of the teams have two, or three (superstars),” he said.

Whether Manu is correct or not, no one can really prove it. However, one thing certain is that these takes came from a Hall of Famer, two-time NBA All-Star, and four-time NBA champion. You be the judge.

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