In his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs, shooting guard Manu Ginobili chooses to lead by example rather than be one of those rah-rah guys.
Ginobili notes Spurs legend Tim Duncan, who is arguably the best power forward in NBA history, as the blueprint for his leadership style around his Spurs teammates.
Via a recent article written by Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News:
“I don’t want to be too vocal because sometimes you become a pain in the ass, annoying, so it’s better to follow the (Tim) Duncan-type of leadership,” Ginobili said. “Nobody has been a better leader than him, and he didn’t open his mouth that many times, only when needed.”
Spurs starting shooting guard Danny Green, who is now in his eighth season with San Antonio, spoke of Ginobili's presence on the team with the utmost respect.
“His professionalism, his work ethic, his intensity,” Green said of his teammate. “Shows these younger guys they need to carry themselves day in and day out if they want to be great or come near it, because obviously, it is going to be hard to be a Manu Ginobili.”
The 40-year old Ginobili, who has played in 28 games so far this year coming off legendary head coach Gregg Popovich's bench, is currently averaging 8.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in roughly 20.9 minutes of action per contest.