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Manu Ginobili celebrates after the Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons in Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals in San Antonio.In my years of watching basketball, no player has ever surprised me as much, or as often, as Manu Ginóbili. Among the whole remembered reel of leg-threading bounce passes, teleporting dribble moves, and life-and-limb-indifferent drives to the rim, the Manu moment that most sticks in my mind came during his last title run with the San Antonio Spurs, in 2014. The aging Spurs were up against the Miami Heat, fresh off of two championships of their own (the most recent won in 2013’s seven-game heartbreaker between those same two teams), with the best player of his and most generations, LeBron James, in full flight. But by the fifth game, San Antonio had built a 3–1 lead, and in the second quarter Ginóbili gave the series its…

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