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Top 10 opponent quotes about Spurs legend Manu Ginobili

Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobili
Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobili / Di Yin/GettyImages
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9. "Manu's legacy for the popularity of the game internationally is huge."

You'll see references to the international game frequently on this list, and there's a big reason for that. What Ginobili did for the global game can't be stated enough, as he opened doors that many never thought possible with his success on the grandest basketball stage in the world.

Draymond Green summed up Manu's legacy succinctly and accurately when he talked about his former Western Conference rival in the same tribute video.

"Manu's legacy for the popularity of the game internationally is huge," said Green. In the end, Ginobili's name will forever be up there with names like Yao Ming and Dirk Nowitzki for taking the NBA to new international heights.

8. "You embody how basketball is meant to be played."

It says a lot about you when all-time greats say you're playing basketball the right way. It's a compliment Tim Duncan got so often from other legends, including the late, great Bill Russell. Ginobili similarly received credit from other legends about his style of play often, with one coming from the greatest shooter in NBA history.

"You embody how basketball is meant to be played," said Stephen Curry after Manu announced his retirement. "With passion, joy, and obviously [being] a champion through and through. Inspiration many, sir."

Curry and Ginobili faced each other 30 total times in the NBA, with each winning 15 games against the other.

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