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The Eurostep bowl: Wade vs. Ginobili

11/28/2012

MIAMI -- Thursday's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat will feature a battle between two of the game's powerhouse teams in a matchup that could also possibly preview the 2013 NBA Finals.

But really, the most important thing is that it gives us the opportunity to ask a most important question:

Who has the better Eurostep, Dwyane Wade or Manu Ginobili?

That's the question that was posed to LeBron James after Wednesday's Heat practice.

And after uttering a contemplative "Whew!", James offered his response:

"You've got to throw James Harden in there, too."

OK, fine, he's in there, too.

"Man, I don't know... That's... I mean, you say Manu because he is the Euro guy, he's European," James said. "But D-Wade has an unbelievable Eurostep and then James Harden's Eurostep is crazy, too. It doesn't get no better than those three."

Sounds like James settled on Ginobili, but not without some trepidation.

As a side note, James may have made a gaffe by calling the Argentinian guard a European. Obviously, Argentina is not part of Europe, but to James' credit, Ginobili's family is Italian, Ginobili holds an Italian passport and he speaks fluent Italian. Not to mention he played in Italy before playing in the NBA. So we'll give James a pass on that one.

James going with Ginobili could be the safer choice, since Ginobili called dibs on it first. Ginobili said as much to ESPN.com a couple years ago.

"I think Wade is more explosive than I am,” Ginobili said. “He is very tough to cover with his explosiveness, but I started doing the Eurostep before he did.”

Wade famously made Kevin Garnett dizzy with one in the 2010-11 playoffs. He got David West last postseason. Corey Brewer. Or just watch about a hundred of them here.

But then again, Ginobili even has put out a how-to instructional video on the move.

As James mentions, Harden should also receive consideration as the top Eurostepper. Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and others would also like a word. But on Thursday, we'll see Wade and Ginobili, two of the game's best.

So, who's got the best Eurostep?