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George Karl says Ginobili, Ben Wallace are NBA’s Tebows

Dec 13, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili

In Denver, it is all Tim Tebow all the time. The entire NBA seems that way lately (which is better than the all Brett Favre all the time era, I guess).

So at media day we should have known that Denver coach George Karl would get a Tebow question — who is the Tim Tebow of the NBA?

But this was a pretty thoughtful answer, from the Denver Post (via SLAM).

“With the will to win, Manu Ginobili is the type of guy, he has this exuberance of – we’re going to win the (darn) game with effort, passion and commitment. He’s the first guy that came to mind.

“A guy who wins it on his heart more than his skills – Ben Wallace. He was an undersized, defensive player who can’t score, but won a championship.”

I might throw Joakim Noah out there — Florida guy who nobody was quite sure how his game would blend in the NBA, but he’s worked out pretty well so far.

Karl’s answer doesn’t touch on the religious aspect of Tebow, which is part of why he has been in the spotlight. There are no shortage of religious NBA players — Dwight Howard, Warriors coach Mark Jackson are probably the best known — but no NBA player’s persona is tied to religion like Tebow’s.

If Tebow can up with a Manu like career, that’s not bad. Not bad at all.

  1. acdc363 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Seriously? A PBT article on Tim Tebow?

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Yeah, It’s like that.

    Tebow is officially taking over the world…as if no other players have ever pointed to the sky, or knelt down in the endzone, or praised the lord. I think pro sports could use more people like Tebow to actually set a good example for the young generation, but pro sports SHOULD NOT be used as a platform to convey religious belief.

    I know this country preaches freedom of religion, but how would you expect people to act if a pro player were to continuously “praise allah”…..allah akbar!!!!!! allah akbar!!!!!!! I don’t think America would like that much…

  3. fordman84 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Let’s see, overated + bolstered by a good defense + either loved or despised…yeah, that is Ginobli

    • savvybynature - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      I assume you meant overrated, not over “ated,” so let’s see here… Only player in the history of basketball to win NBA Finals, European Championship and lead his team to Olympic Gold. Also brought a move with him so effective, the Euro-step, it is now a staple in many young players’ game. High enough BB IQ to play positions one through three (when he was younger, now he is definitely a 1 or 2 guard because he has lost some athleticism). Great anticipation makes him a sneaky good defender, incredible body control helps him make some crazy tough shots, and one of the most clutch players of his generation. A coaches dream who does anything he is asked to help the team.

      The guy is a winner. Anyone who knows basketball and understands the HOF rules will tell you he is a first-ballot HOFer without doubt. Yeah that sounds overrated to me.

      • leearmon - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        Not to speak for forman84, but I think he was saying how ridiculous it is to compare Tim Tebow to Manu GInobili. If I read it correctly, I think he was calling Tim Tebow overrated, not Manu. His comment seemed to have a lot of sarcasm to it.

      • fordman84 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        I was making fun of both Ginobli and Tebow. And I would go on to make fun of savvybynature for getting all worked up over an internet posting, but he made himself look foolish enough as is.

        Butthurt enough to post the resume of an overRated flopper AND to pull the grammar nazi card.

      • Josh Perez - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        Just to add he is unselfish. He spent a big chunited of the past 2-3 years coming off the bench so he can keep the Spurs game consistent.

    • cubalakeshow - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      you know unlike football…Ginobili accounts for 1/5 of that defense when he’s on the floor right unlike Tebow? I’d love to hear your argument for how he’s the one being bolstered and not one of the reasons for said defense…

  4. david0303 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    sure both those guys can win like tebow. but pretty sure manu is good in the first 3 quarters as well as the forth which i can’t say for tebow

  5. melogrooves - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    at Least both Manu and Tebow show up in the 4th quater.
    Lebron onLy shows up in the first 3…

  6. therealhtj - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Dwight Howard religious? Was it Jesus that led him to knock up a skanky cheerleader out of wedlock then use his entire legal team to prevent her from even whispering his name on Basketball Wives?

  7. davidly - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    There’s only one player I can think of who is the b-ball equivalent and that would be a gentleman who happens to answer to the name of Skibby MaRue.

  8. predicatepanda - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Wait, did George Karl just call Tebow a flopper?

  9. genericcommenter - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    AC Green
    Religious Christian
    Won Titles

  10. handlelikevanexel - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    How can you compare Ben Wallace and Manu to Tim Tebow. Both Ben and Manu are close to retirement age, both have won titles and Ben can defend and Manu can throw a long pass to Tony Parker the length of the court and “complete” it, lets see Tebow do that on a consistent basis :) Jokes aside, I am a big Tebow fan, just because he is proving the analysts wrong, it is fun to see all these so called analysts with bruised egos, when they keep saying, “Tebow is bound to lose”, not sure if they are trying to convince the masses about their views or are they trying to reassure themselves that their views are right.

  11. dawkattack - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Obi Wan Ginobili Swatting Bats With His Lightsaber

  12. dawkattack - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Ginobili Overated Wow Somebody Doesn’t Watch Much Ball SMDH

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