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George Karl says Ginobili, Ben Wallace are NBA’s Tebows

Manu Ginobili

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) waves to fans following an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Denver. San Antonio beat Denver 113-112. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


In Denver, it is all Tim Tebow all the time. The entire NBA seems that way lately (which is better than the all Brett Favre all the time era, I guess).

So at media day we should have known that Denver coach George Karl would get a Tebow question — who is the Tim Tebow of the NBA?

But this was a pretty thoughtful answer, from the Denver Post (via SLAM).

“With the will to win, Manu Ginobili is the type of guy, he has this exuberance of – we’re going to win the (darn) game with effort, passion and commitment. He’s the first guy that came to mind.

“A guy who wins it on his heart more than his skills – Ben Wallace. He was an undersized, defensive player who can’t score, but won a championship.”

I might throw Joakim Noah out there — Florida guy who nobody was quite sure how his game would blend in the NBA, but he’s worked out pretty well so far.

Karl’s answer doesn’t touch on the religious aspect of Tebow, which is part of why he has been in the spotlight. There are no shortage of religious NBA players — Dwight Howard, Warriors coach Mark Jackson are probably the best known — but no NBA player’s persona is tied to religion like Tebow’s.

If Tebow can up with a Manu like career, that’s not bad. Not bad at all.