Manu “Manu” Ginobil is the name behind the most prolific scorer in NBA history, and that’s despite him never playing professionally.
In fact, Ginobils career has been anything but glamorous.
He is a professional basketball player, not a professional coach, and his career has spanned five decades.
The 25-year-old Australian played for five NBA teams in the past five seasons, including the Portland Trail Blazers in 2016-17 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2017-18.
He was a three-time All-Star and was named MVP of the 2019 NBA All-Rookie Team.
But Ginobill started to fall behind his teammates and coaches in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he was a young prodigy who led Australia to three gold medals at the 1992 Olympics and three golds at the 1995 Olympics.
The NBA’s popularity in Australia exploded when Ginobillas career was on the rise.
Ginobills career rose dramatically in the 1990s and he scored 1,062 points in 1,938 games over five NBA seasons.
But he didn’t enjoy that success until he became a coach and coach he.
In fact, he wasn’t even the first to play professional basketball.
The legendary Australian player, coach and trainer George Karl, was born in 1949 in Sydney and was coached by Manu during his college days.
According to legend, Manu helped his father George Karl with his career in the early 1990, when George Karl played professional basketball in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Karl said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2018 that he would watch Ginobilli play at the same age as his father, and Manu would get him the ball in practice and play with him as a kid.
“I was about 12 or 13 at the time,” Karl said.
“So it’s just a good memory for me.
I remember playing with him in practice when I was young, when I went to Australia and played with him.
He’d always play for us.
I just remembered that.”
As for his role in his son’s success, Karl said, “He just wanted to do it for the right reasons.
And he just wanted the right results.
I think he wanted to get on the right track.”
It is interesting that this man was never actually coached by a coach in his professional career.
He would have been the first professional coach in Australia to coach Ginobilia.
In a 2003 interview with The Sydney Morning Star, Karl was asked if he had ever coached Ginobilo.
“No, but we’ve played a lot of basketball together,” he said.
“And that’s where I came from and that was the reason I got involved in the game.”
The coach was also asked if it was the role of a coach to teach a player how to play.
“There are many, many coaches who have coached players that were really good at basketball, but they never coached them how to do the right things,” Karl replied.
“They never taught them the right moves.
It was just a very important job for the coach.”
And Karl said the role would have remained unchanged if he hadn’t been a coach.
“It’s not about being a good coach, it’s not just about teaching players how to move the ball and score the ball,” Karl explained.
“But you still have to teach the fundamentals of basketball.
And I think that’s what we’ve taught Manu.
And that’s the reason he’s still doing so well.”
Ginobili said he’s not going to let the title of the Manu Manu franchise hold him back.
“Every coach has a role and that is to teach them the fundamentals,” he told Fox Sports.
“And that will never change.
And if you can teach a kid how to pass, and how to dribble, and to score the basketball, then they will be so much better at basketball.
So if I’m able to do that, then I can help them become so much more than they were before.”
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