Manu Ginobili has spent a career defying the ordinary on the court, routinely diming through opponents’ legs, using his punch-drunk lefty style to throw defenders off and squeezing through the most unlikely crevices to get his shot off. He also helped popularize the Euro-step (which was being executed as early as the 1960s, as Elgin Baylor shows us) to a fresh generation.
But one step Wednesday night in San Antonio might be as noteworthy as any he’s taken. Guarding Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey on a drive right before the half, he slipped. Trying to get up, he slipped again, before realizing that his left sneaker had become obsolete.
Who is more surprised: Manu or Nike? There are certain things that happen in life that, as grandma puts it, just don’t make no sense.
Here is a close-up of the ruptured shoe in question, courtesy of Nike Kicks associate editor George Kiel. Looks like Ginobili is jumping on Team LeBron for his next pair.