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What Steve Kerr said after Manu Ginobili’s memorable 2005 Finals Game 7 performance

Steve Kerr, Manu Ginobili

Aside from being a five-time NBA champion as a player, Steve Kerr has also won three titles as a head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Safe to say, the 54-year-old knows what it takes to play at the highest level. It has recently been revealed that Kerr is actually a huge fan of San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili. As it turns out, Kerr himself once said that he was willing to pay good money just to be able to see Ginobili live in action.

Kerr paid Ginobili the ultimate compliment while watching the Spurs forward put on a show in arguably one of his best performances in the NBA Finals. It was a series- and championship-deciding battle against the Spurs and the defending champs, the Detroit Pistons. Ginobili took control in that one, and finished with a 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists in the championship-clinching game.

At that time, Kerr was in between jobs. He had just retired (also from the Spurs) in 2003 following an illustrious career in the NBA. It wasn’t until four years later that he would be hired as the Phoenix Suns’ general manager — a stint that would last for only three years.

In 2014, Kerr signed on as the Warriors’ head coach, and the rest is history.

It’s now been a couple of years since we’ve last seen Ginobili take the floor, but we’re certain that much like the rest of us, coach Kerr also has some fond memories of the great Manu Ginobili.