Summary of “A Story About Manu”

This is a short anecdote about one of my sons, but really it’s about Manu Ginobili, but really it’s about what Manu Ginobili means, and has meant, and can mean.
There are a bunch of Basketball-Reference numbers that I can set into a paragraph or bulleted list right now to help convey the magnitude of Manu Ginobili as an impactful and influential basketball player.
Did you know that Manu has scored more points than any other left-handed player in postseason history? It’s a weird thing, but also a true thing.
Second place is Bill Russell, and he’s nearly 400 points behind Manu.
Here’s a good one: Manu has the best plus-minus per 100 possessions of anyone who’s played at least 20,000 minutes since 2000.
There’s never really been a time when someone was talking about how great Manu is and felt compelled to bring up stats.
So: Me telling my son to shout “Manu!” when he was playing on his little goal is no different from me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu when you play basketball,” and me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu when you play basketball,” is no different from me telling him, “Hey, be like Manu as a person.” It’s the highest, biggest, most intense compliment, and a parent saying it to his or her small child is the highest, biggest, most intense way to give it.
If Manu decides to come back for another season, it’ll be fine.

The orginal article.