Brett Brown was a former assistant of the San Antonio Spurs and he was able to be around alot of great players during his tenure, one being Manu Ginobili.
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The former Spurs director of player development turned assistant coach did so for 11 seasons before leaving to become head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.
Brown came closer to luring Ginobili to Philadelphia than most thought possible, but the sway of the Spurs proved too powerful in the end.
Unable to procure the real thing, Brown decided to try and craft one from his own roster.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brown assigned some homework for third-year guard Nik Stauskas this summer: review as much Ginobili film as possible.
Stausksas studied the film and saw moves from the future Hall of Famer that he idolized.
“He was almost slippery out there,” Stausksas told Philly.com. “That was the thing I noticed more than anything. He would get into the lane, and people would step in front of him, and all of a sudden he would slip by them and finish at the rim and get all kinds of crafty.
Such plays that make one say, that is Ginobili. The man can torque his body in a blink of an eye. As a defender, you may think you are in the right position to draw a foul, but he makes you think otherwise with his crafty moves.
“Also, his playmaking ability—he was a great passer. He would get into the lane and throw passes to his teammates and make plays—not to mention he could shoot the ball, too. Just seeing all those different things, that’s something I can aspire to.”
With No. 1 pick Ben Simmons potentially missing the entire season following Jones fracture surgery, Brown is hoping Stauskas adopts at least some of Ginobili’s skills.
“He’s going to have to, or he’s not Manu, and we can all just walk away right now,” Brown said. “We’re all born different ways, and I want him to be Cocky Nik. I want him to have an edge to his game.”
There is only one Ginobili in the league. Brown though hopes that having game film for Stauskas, maybe, just maybe he can see glimpses of an NBA Hall of Famer in his game.