On the first day of free agency, seven-time All-Star attackman Will Manny has signed a two-year deal with Whipsnakes LC.
“I’ve always respected them from afar,” said Manny. “Those guys want to do one thing: Win. That’s the only thing on their mind.”
Manny – who sits eighth all-time in goals (265) and ninth all-time in points (416) – will join Matt Rambo and Zed Williams on attack. A career 31% shooter, Manny immediately improves the Whipsnakes’ league-low 26.5% shooting percentage.
“We as a team have to shoot the ball better,” said Whipsnakes LC head coach and general manager Jim Stagnitta. “He’s got great range, he’s great off-ball, and he can still beat a short-stick.”
Manny is already watching Whipsnakes film. He was three games deep when I caught up with him on Monday evening. Studying offensive sets. Envisioning himself cutting backdoor.
“They run a motion offense,” Manny explained. “There’s a couple things they try to get to – setting picks for Rambo. I see a role there that I could fit.”
The obvious role: Off-ball cutting. Manny moves like Steph Curry. He cuts. He picks. He pops. He stays in his defender’s blindspot when his defender helps. And when he’s being faceguarded, he times his sprint toward the backside pipe perfectly.