Here is a sampling of your responses to last week's Choosing Sides between San Antonio teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili regarding which player is better in a quarter-ending isolation situation:
James of San Antonio: "Charles Barkley says it
Ben of Baghdad: "Manu is the best option for multiple reasons. He can beat
you on the drive so defenders have to give him space, and when that happens he will hit a
three in a heartbeat. Manu's unpredictability gives defenses fits and they have no idea when
or how he will get his shot off. And last but not least, he has proved over and over that he
has the courage and the moxie to take and make the big shot."
Joe of Lancaster, Calif.: "Manu is a beter option. Well, at least he is
now. I can remember a day when I used to cringe when Manu would get the ball. You knew he
could do something very special with it, but he often could make a turnover just as easily.
Those events are fewer in frequency these days."
Raphael of San Antonio: "I will have to take Tony, only because of his quickness and skill to make an accurate decision to shot or pass. Manu's 'agility' to get to the basket and shoot what seems to be an impossible shot can sometimes bite you it in the butt."
Keith Richey of Brooklyn, N.Y.: "I love Parker, but I will always pick the
player with the high free throw percentage. Plus, Manu's style is a little more suited for
Jerry Johnson of Lafayette, Ind.: "I'd take Parker because he does get
layups. Ginobili gets many calls and shoots free throws well, but if the play calls for a
full-court foray, Parker's the man."
Mario Fuentes of San Antonio: "I'm sure Pistons fans have not forgotten
Robert Horry's three-point dagger when the Spurs took the ring from them in the 2005 Finals.
It was Ginobili who was responsible for the timely pass to Horry."
Maria of Houston: "Tough call, but an exciting finish no matter who gets it!"
Katie of Eau Claire, Wis.: "Manu is the man. He's been described as a
squirrel in traffic, but he's closer to a squirrel who's been drinking Red Bull and is on
the loose in a demolition derby. He also reminds me of the ball in pinball. He's got more
range than Parker, so the defender has to back off, and he's got more releases, so even when
he's seemingly down, he's not out. Plus, you can't ignore his ability to reach the line.
Free throws aren't as dramatic as field goals, but they win a lot of games."
Walter of Randallstown, Md.: "I'd go with Parker. Speed always beats
craftiness. In the closing seconds, you don't always have time to 'gather' yourself, as Jack
McCallum put it in describing Ginobili. Parker can get to the rim with either hand, and, if
need be, kick it out to Ginobili, who is a much better shooter from behind the arc."
Win of New York: "You forgot to mention that Ginobli is also a more
skillful and creative passer on the move than Parker is."
Pete of San Antonio: "This is like asking would you rather have a sapphire
or a ruby. Either way, you're rich."