Argentine Manu Ginobili favorite to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame

Immortalized image: Manu Ginobili at the San Antonio Spurs tribute where they also removed his number 20.

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The Argentinian Manu Ginobili, former San Antonio Spurs player, is first on the list of candidates for the Basketball Hall of Fame , which will announce the names of those chosen at a ceremony in September at the Naismith Memorial in Springield Massachusetts.

Ginobili (Bahía Blanca, 1977) reached the NBA in July 2002 and retired in August 2018, after 16 seasons in which he played 218 playoff games and won four rings in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

Participant in two All Stars, in 2005 and 2011, the Argentine also achieved a gold (Athens 2004) and an Olympic bronze (Beijing 2008), was runner-up in the world in 2006 and won a Euroleague with Kinder Bologna in 2001.

Following his retirement from basketball, the Spurs retired the jersey with the number 20 that he wore during his NBA career.

The Argentine escort figure among the 50 shortlisted to enter the Hall of Fame for the first time, like that of Tom Chambers and Lindsey Whalen, along with other candidates who have already been shortlisted before such as Chauncey Billups and Swin Cash.

The name of the finalists for the election will be revealed on Friday, February 18, 2022, during NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, and the final induction ceremony will be held on September 9 and 10. the organization reported.

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Argentine Manu Ginobili favorite to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame