It was what everyone expected and wanted. Manu Ginobili will enter the Basketball Hall of Fame. An extraordinary recognition for a fantastic career. And is not for less; Four NBA championships, two All-Star selections and an award for the best sixth man in the best league in the world can be found in the Argentine’s career. Not to mention the gold medal won at the 2004 Athens Olympics with the Argentine National Team, among many other achievements.
The American public recognizes him – and admires him. That is why this Sunday, in the victory of the San Antonio Spurs against the Portland Trail Blazers, the fans went crazy when the camera focused on Manu, one day after the NBA announcement. They stood up and the whole stadium gave him a standing ovation.
The basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be on September 9 and will take place in the city of Springfield, United States. Along with Manu, Tim Hardaway will also enter, curiously, one of his idols since he was a child.
Manu does not miss any of the duels in which his team plays at home and even travels on several of the occasions in which the Spurs leave Texas. The Bahiense is the franchise’s special basketball operations advisor. And as such, he is permanently accompanying the players and the coaching staff.
The end was more than pleasant: the Spurs beat the Blazers 113-92 and maintain their position for the Play-In. The star of the match was Keldon Johnson, who scored 28 points with six converted triples. A young man who has already been giving coach Gregg Popovich a lot of joy.
The Spurs are in 10th place in the NBA Western Conference, with a record of 33 wins and 45 losses. With this place, they are ensuring the last place in the Play-In, the elimination contest that awards the last two places in the playoffs. However, they have nothing more and nothing less than LeBron James’s Los Angeles Lakers behind them. Will they be able to hold their position?
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The ovation of an entire stadium to Ginobili to celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame