San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili’s game is a whirlwind on the court.
Whether it be pinpoint passing, clutch three-pointers or hair-pulling plays that make you be overjoyed one moment and frustrated the next, Manu’s game has earned him a reputation as one of the best shooting guards in the league and at one time, made him the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. Not to mention, Ginobili’s play has also helped the Spurs win four out of five NBA titles.
So it isn’t surprising Rockets’ Jeremy Lin wants to pattern his game over the offseason after Ginobili.
During Houston’s exit interviews, Lin made it clear he isn’t happy with his game and will be looking to add some Ginobili flare to his game heading into next season.
Lin said wants to model more of his approach after Manu Ginobili. Said he’ll ignore trade rumors, having gotten used to them.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 5, 2014
Lin averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game this season for Houston. However, it’ll take more than just modeling his game like Manu’s.
Look, there’ll never be another Ginobili. His passion for the game can never be duplicated. Also, considering Manu is in a system that allows for his game to flourish, it just adds to his value.
Lin pattering his game after Manu is a nice compliment and worthy of his efforts. But Houston will need to create a winning culture, the right players and more if Lin and the Rockets want to win an NBA title.