Emmanuel Ginobili, winner of four NBA rings, will become the first Argentine to be included in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ginobili, an epigraph of the sport of his country and one of the best NBA players born outside the United States, is part of the Class of 2022 announced Saturday by the Hall of Fame.

the group entry ceremony will take place the weekend of September 9 and 10 in Springfield (Massachusetts).

The Argentine, who has played his entire NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, will only be the Hispanic-American bottle, man or woman, to be immortalized in this institution after the Brazilians Oscar Schmidt, Maciel Periera and Hortencia Marcari and the Panamanian John Isaacs .

“ I am very excited and very honored to be part of this group.” Ginobili said after the announcement, he retired from the courts in 2018.

“It’s little that you can’t believe is happening to him. I started playing basketball in Bahía Blanca, Argentina, and I didn’t even consider it a goal. Ginobili joined from San Antonio, Texas, where he has been with the Spurs since September in an advisory role.

The Bahía Blanca Escort, leader of the Argentine team that won the gold medal in Athens-2004, played between 2002 and 2018 in the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he was proclaimed champion four times (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) forming an unforgettable trio with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker under the orders of coach Gregg Popovich.

“ If I am going to be in the Hall of Fame in September, it is because I was part of this team, of this living (Argentina) that has finished so much and in parallel with a structure as successful as the Spurs”, Ginobili, 44 years old, thanked .

“ I was very lucky to be part of these two emblematic teams. yes,” she stressed.

‘Manu’, whose number 20 was retired in 2019 by the Spurs , was selected to two All-Star Games (2005 and 2011), won the Best Sixth Man award in 2008 and left the NBA with 14,043 points, 4,001 assists, 3,697 rebounds and 1,392 robberies.

“There are no words”
In addition to his successful career in the NBA, Ginobili was also the leading figure of the golden generation of Argentine basketball along with Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto and Andrés Nocioni, winning the first Olympic gold medal in basketball for the country, at the Olympic Games. Athens 2004.

“It’s very hard to compare this achievement to anything else because we weren’t supposed to be there. We weren’t supposed to be there.” Argentina will play against the United States in the semifinals or go for the gold medal”, Ginobili recalled about the inconsiderate triumph.

“Achieving this kind of appreciation from a category of friends who have played together for many years and basically grown up together is a little incomprehensible. There are no words that can give equanimity to this feeling. “said the shooting guard, who still won an Olympic bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Before making the jump to the NBA, Ginobili still triumphed in Europe , conquering an Italian mix and a Euroleague with Virtus Bologna.

To be selected this Saturday, “Manu” had to receive at least 18 of 24 votes from the honor committee, made up of members of the Hall of Fame, executives, journalists and other experts.

Other personalities elected to the 2022 Hall of Fame Prostitution of former player Tim Hardaway, figure of the Warriors and Heat and five times selected in the All-Star Game, and former coach George Karl, the sixth highest-earning coach in the NBA and Winner of the Coach of the Year award in 2013.

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By Jaya