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From 2002 to 2018 all of Argentina vibrated with the albiceleste representation in the NBA of Emanuel David Ginóbili, better known as ‘Manu’. His glory years will be recognized because he will be part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the portal advanced. The Athletic.
Ginóbili will enter the Hall of Immortals at his first opportunity because he has already completed four years of his retirement. The ceremony will take place during the month of September in Springfield (Massachusetts, USA) and George Karl, Tim Hardaway, Swin Cash and Bob Huggins will be immortalized together with the Argentine.
His sporting and human value was always recognized by Diego Armando Maradona. For perhaps the majority of Argentines, the Ten was the best athlete in the history of his country, but ‘Pelusa’ himself opted for Manu.
“Our examples are Nocioni, Scola, Manu… Manu Ginóbili is above everything. It’s like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in football, let’s not count Manu. Manu is a total phenomenon. I think he is the best athlete in the history of Argentina, he deserves it. It happens that there is another who played with the ten that is hot on his heels “Maradona stated.
These statements were offered in December 2019 for the TyC Sports camera and he took the opportunity to praise the greatest basketball player in the history of Argentina and perhaps of South America.
After Maradona’s death, Manu was interviewed and acknowledged that he was indebted to the former world champion in Mexico in 1986.
“I didn’t have much of a relationship with Diego, I had three or four meetings in which he manifested me and showed me unlimited generosity. I have a debt of gratitude to Diego, both with the moment of the foundation, as declarations, as when we met at the Olympic Games. He was extremely generous, even more than it should have been, and all this added to the history that all Argentines who saw him play and lived in that World Cup have, “he said on the program Our TN Afternoon.
Ginobili also won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, with a strong performance in the direct elimination against the United States en route to the final.
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