Close to immortality: Manu Ginóbili among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame

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The former Argentine basketball player Manu Ginóbili would be close to giving a new triumph to the South American sport after making it known that his name is among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame class Naismith Memorial 2022.

In said news that was announced this Friday within the framework of the NBA All-Star Game weekend, Ginóbili appears in the list of finalists along with Michael Cooper, five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Marques Johnson, a former player for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, and Swin Cash, a player for the Detroit Shock in the WNBA.

The Argentine is one of the favorites to enter the Hall of Immortals of Basketball, after a magnificent career in which, among other things, won four NBA championships and was elected to two All-Star Games.

Likewise, in 16 seasons in the NBA, all with the San Antonio Spurs, formed a legendary trident with Tim Duncan and Frenchman Tony Parker, which had a rapport rarely seen in sports.

In his 23-year career that began in 1995, the shooting guard wore the uniforms of Andino Sport Club (1995-1996) and Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca (1996-1998) in his native Argentina and then went to Europe where he wore the uniform of Viola Reggio Calabria (1998-2000) and Kinder Bologna (2000-2002) until arriving in the United States with the Spurs in 2002 and retiring in that uniform in 2018.

In addition to his aforementioned NBA achievements, Ginobili hung the Olympic gold in Athens 2004 and was champion of the Euroleague with the Italian Virtus Bologna in 2001.

After legends like Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett were inducted into the Hall of Fame In the last two years, the Argentine is one of the clear favorites to be part of those chosen in the 2022 class.

It should be remembered that those selected will be announced next April in New Orleanswhile the ceremony will be next September in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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