Is Tim Tebow football’s Ben Wallace?


Everyone gets asked about Tim Tebow these days and being in Denver, I’m sure Nuggets coach George Karl hasn’t fielded his last Tebow question of the season. Karl recently talked to Ben Hochman of the Denver Post about who the NBA’s Tebow is:

"Asked what NBA players remind him of Tebow, Karl took a moment and then said: “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.”"

Sorry, not to say that Wallace doesn’t have heart because he does, but I hate the “heart more than skills” meme when it comes to Wallace. Watch the in-his-prime Ben single-handedly smother a pick and roll and tell me he doesn’t have incredible skills. Wallace, Dwight Howard, Dennis Rodman, Kevin Garnett and maybe only one or two others are the only big man defenders I’ve seen with that kind of skill level in my lifetime.