Originally posted on khandor's sports blog  |  Last updated 10/25/11

Andrew A. McNeill and David Thorpe, on the sublime talents of the San Antonio Spurs’ “Mr. Moneyball”:

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Thorpe writes about Ginobili

When taking apart his game, we see that each individual piece can at least be termed “good enough.” He rarely beats a defender with a powerful or eye-opening physical play, but he has made dozens of plays above the rim. But those types of plays don’t define his game. His talent lies in the “in-between game.” He can shift from gear to gear almost invisibly to the naked eye. On film, scouts point out his subtle skill at adding or subtracting speed just a notch or two to throw his defender off rhythm.

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Simply put …

According to the the facts, Manu Ginobili is one of the very best basketball players on earth, who actually excels in each phase of the game.

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