2. Manu turns back the clock to his luxurious '05 locks
For many of Manu Ginobili's millions of fans, their favorite version of their idol was the 2005 model: the one that came complete with luxurious long black hair and nearly won an NBA Finals MVP. When Manu participated in a charity basketball game in China a year after he retired, he paid tribute to what many call "peak Manu."
Of course, everyone in the crowd loved the throwback wig, including a familiar face he played alongside for many years -- Tony Parker. The duo of Spurs legends shared plenty of laughs throughout the game, and it was just a great moment.
I mean, just look at Manu's hair in the 2005 Finals. You can't beat it.
1. Manu slaps a live bat out of the air, carries it away
Where do I even begin with this one? Yes, everything in that subheader you just read happened during a real, live NBA basketball game. In fact, it happened on Halloween Night in 2009, exactly the time of year you'd expect a bat attack.
The AT&T Center has had a history of attracting bats within its confines for a long time that still has continued even recently. On this night, one bat got a little too close to the court one too many times -- and Manu Ginobili had enough.
"That was amazing," Tony Parker said about Manu's mid-air swipe. "The legend continues with Manu. Unbelievable. He's always doing crazy stuff."
After smacking the bat down, Manu picked it up with his bare hands and took it to the nearest arena usher. Two days later, Manu posted an update about the bat situation, stating he regretted what he did:
"Just wanted to give you guys an update on the bat situation. As many of you already know, it wasn't a great idea. Not only for the fact that bats are a great part of the ecosystem, but also because some carry rabies, which is an incurable disease. That's why I had to get vaccinated today [and it wasn't just one shot!]."
Fortunately, the bat was ok and flew off after being released outside. When either the same bat or one of his friends returned two years later, Manu was having none of it that time around.
Manu might've regretted it at the time, but there's no denying what he did that Halloween night was not only funny, but legendary.
Manu Ginobili Week continues here with a look at why he was the NBA's original unicorn.