Here's the Explanation Behind Manu Ginobli's Weird Movements on the Spurs Bench

During the San Antonio Spurs' 96-82 blowout victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, Manu Ginobili was caught doing something strange on the bench.

Here's a closer look.

At first glance, it looks like Ginobili was smelling his feet or maybe even kissing his shoes. Many fans were confused when they saw the 4-time NBA Champion do this.

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The former Sixth Man of the Year was simply stretching before he got into the game. Ginobili was performing the Seated Pigeon Stretch, and he is extremely flexible. The Seated Pigeon stretches the abductors, which improves external rotation and gives the hips greater range of motion.

Quicker and more flexible hips help Ginobili guard younger, quicker guys on the opposing team. The 39-year-old guard can't just hop into the game ready to go like he was able to do a few years back.

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Ginobili is pretty flexible, but not as flexible as he was in this commercial back in 2009, doing yoga with Tim Duncan.

Ginobili has not scored a single point in the first two games of the playoff series, but he has contributed big in other ways. Last night, he had four rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

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Topics: BASKETBALL TRAINING | STRETCHING | TIM DUNCAN | NBA | MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES | NBA PLAYOFFS | SAN ANTONIO SPURS | MANU GINOBILI