Manu Ginobili's Masterpiece Painting Proves Spurs' Mastery off the Court

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 30, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 04:  Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after a basket in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on June 4, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Manu Ginobili has skills. Mad skills. 

We aren't referring to his ability to hit runners in the middle of the paint or take a flop like an Oscar winner. No, we are talking about his ability to paint. 

Project Spurs reports the NBA star recently crafted a self-portrait that is pretty awesome. See it for yourself. 

Now, a full disclaimer. I am no art expert and limit my sophisticated appreciation of such things to nodding and smiling whenever I find myself in front of a painting. 

But my gut reaction is that Ginobili has to make some more of these classics, especially if the proceeds from a sale are going to charity. 

The report states:

"OK so maybe he isn't the next Rembrandt or Picasso but Ginobili recently put the finishing touches on his self-portrait for UNICEF which will be up for auction."

If you are thinking of plunking down some cash for this gigantic portrait of America's favorite Argentine basketball star, you may want to do some comparison shopping. 

SportsGrid recently reported that a pair of Shaquille O'Neal paintings were being sold at a tremendous discount. 

Here are the Supermen, via Ball Don't Lie

But finally, a pair of 7-plus-foot works of Shaq painted by an anonymous "famous Polish artist (famous in Eastern Europe and Russia)" can be yours for the low, low price of just $3,995.

Before you scoff at that price, the report states the paintings are valued at $100,000, come with $3,000-priced frames and a coffee table book. 

That's all well and good, but Shaq didn't paint them. 

Having Ginobili place paint brush to canvas is worth thousands alone, and you get a silly smile from the flop artist himself. 


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