Top 10 opponent quotes about Spurs legend Manu Ginobili

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Ask anyone who remotely followed the San Antonio Spurs for the past two decades about Manu Ginobili, and you're likely to get nothing but positive feedback about the Argentine.

Throughout his 16-year career, Manu become one of the most influential players to step on an NBA court and one of the most beloved people off it. Bringing an international flair to the game and a one-of-a-kind passion for winning, it was hard not to root for Manu unless he was the one doing damage to your team -- which happened often.

While we'll be hearing from teammates and fans alike during Manu Ginobili week, I wanted to first highlight just how widely respected he was by his peers across the court, some of which he faced dozens of times in crucial situations.

Ahead of his Hall of Fame induction, here are some of the best things Manu's opponents have had to say about him over the years.

10. "The guy is a legend and took basketball to unbelievable heights."

The word "legend" isn't a word you can generally throw around lightly. In San Antonio, the term probably widely applies to only a handful of guys. Names like George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, and Gregg Popovich come to mind.

Manu's induction into the Hall of Fame is obviously well-earned, and his legendary status had already been cemented years before he even retired. In a video tribute to him after his departure from the league, former NBA head coach Mike D'Antonio spoke about Ginobil's impact on the game.

"He means a lot, probably most of all to the country of Argentina, where the guy is a legend and took basketball to unbelievable heights," said D'Antoni.

D'Antoni is no stranger to international basketball, as he both played and coached overseas during his career. He's also no stranger to Ginobili, as the treasured sixth man is largely responsible for him not being able to win a ring with the Phoenix Suns in the 2000s.