Even before he stepped on an NBA court, Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden wanted to emulate his game after San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and now the two will finally square off in the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
Both are deadly coming off the bench for their respective teams and both have won the Sixth Man of the Year award before.
So while many may be looking at Tony Parker vs. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant versus whichever "lucky" Spurs player who has to guard him, or the Spurs' "Big 3" versus the Thunder's "Big 3," the Ginobili-Harden matchup will be one to definitely keep an eye on starting this Sunday in San Antonio
Check out this video comparison-highlight reel of the two players in action including footage of Harden stating he sees himself as a Ginobili-type player back n 2009.
the difference between manu and harden is that manu would give up a leg just to save the ball going out of bounds. respect.
Oooohh man. This will be a fascinating matchup. That video just got me stoked for the upcoming series. Shoudl be a classic.
HELLO SPURS FANS. IS THERE ANY WAY WE CAN HAVE BLACKED OUT SHIRTS FOR THE PLAYOFF GAMES . I THINK WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO GET THE FANS INVOLVED MORE. IN 99 EVERYBODY HAD THE FLAGS AND STICKERS. WHERE DID IT GO. I AM CHALLENGING EVERY SPURS FAN IN SAN ANTO TO BRING ALL YOUR OLD CHAMP SHIT OUT AND CHEER LOUD AND HARD FOR YOUR SPURS. THE SPURS WILL NEED US TO ROCK THAT BUILDING AND THE CITY WITH OUT VIOLENCE. I ALREADY BOUGHT MY TICKET TO HOME GAME 3 OF THE NBA FINALS. I HOPE THE SPURS SWEEP EVERYTHING BUT I BOUGHT HOME GAME 3 SO I COULD MAYBE SEE THEM HOLD THE TROPHY UP IN THE AIR WHILE I CRY NEXT TO A RANDOM PERSON I DONT KNOW . GO SPURS GO IN HONOR OF SPLITTERS COUNTRY JUMP THE FUCK UP EVERYBODY http://youtu.be/80OjD3SSWIQ
He still has a ways to becoming the next Manu. Until he can swat a flying rodent from mid air he won't match up to Manu. Having said that he still can improve and become better than Manu. It'll be interesting. Manu's been struggling badly so we'll see if he can come out of it and who will be the better player.
Without taking away from harden, it will be difficult to duplicate the experience of Manu. Go Spurs!
We all know James Harden can't compare to Manu. Maybe 6-8 years down the road by not right now. No comparison. Manu has been doing this creative type of game for years, even before James Harden was drafted to the NBA. Hands down, no comparison.