The block. It’s pretty much a simple act. Prevent the opposing player from scoring the basket. But even in its simplicity, it takes so much to get done. Timing, agility, anticipation and strength. Once done, it can demoralize a player. Not to mention it might make it on a highlight reel.
Manu Ginobili has made some spectacular plays for the Spurs since joining the team. On the offensive end he has had rim-rocking dunks, timely three-pointers, and buzzer-beating shots! He also gets it done on the defensive end.
Recently, he made a spectacular block on Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant. The block made those in the AT&T Center get up off their seats and those watching on TV to get up off their couch.
However, last season he had another amazing block on Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. Just as spectacular as the block he made on Durant.
But which block was better? Here are both blocks and you decide.
Manu Blocks Dwayne Wade
Dwayne Wade is perhaps one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. Young, explosive, and can get to the rim almost at will. But don’t tell that to Manu!
Manu Blocks Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is a flat out scoring machine. Able to hit the jumper from anywhere on the court. With him listed at 6’9″ and his insane wingspan, he can definitely finish with a strong dunk. On this night, Manu didn’t seem to factor all that in and got a crushing block on Durant.
You have to appreciate Durant’s good sportsmanship. Even he knew it was a great block.
Both blocks have similar characteristics. Manu comes from the outside and closes in on the player as they go up with the shot. He perfectly times both and catches them right at the rim.
However, only one can be the best Manu block. Leave your comments and go vote on the poll. Which block was better?