On April 2, 2022 it became official that Emanuel Ginobili will be included in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In his first year of eligibility, the former Los Angeles San Antonio Spurs He managed to access the prestigious group of basketball players who in some way marked the history of the sport and this Saturday will be the formal ceremony to open the door for the Argentine to such a select group. Far from forgetting the path traveled, used social networks to send a deep message.
In three different publications, Manu explained the reason why he divided the memories of important people who marked his long and successful journey. “Whereas during my Hall of Fame speech I will not have enough time, I want to take advantage of this valuable platform to thank people which was very important in my path. Thank you for your patience”, he wrote in the first of his posts on his Twitter account. Instagram.
In chronological order, he started with his first releases in his native Bahía Blanca. “My beginnings in Argentina. In Bahiense: Dad, Alberto Antón, Guillermo Faure, Coco Carchini, Beto Salvucci and so many others who put aside many hours of rest and family time to dedicate it to the club and their boys. Fer Piña, Pantera, Michigan, Colamarino, plus other teachers I had in my early years. I learned from everyone and got along very well with everyone. Luisito, Fede, Javi, Hernán M., Diego A., Ricky, Cecil, Seba, Fer T. and so many others for banking that he threw them all away and being great companions, ”he started.
And he continued with his following clubs: “In Andean. Egg (Sánchez) for trusting me, giving me the first opportunity and for following me closely throughout this journey. Dani, GabyD, GabyR, Pancho, Pachi, Manu, Gustavo, Cacu and everyone who helped me in my first stage away from home. On and off the field. To the whole of La Rioja for opening its arms to me. In Students: Zeta for your total security in my game and giving me free rein to grow, Sepo for giving me all of them, Pancho, ladero and friend, Gondo for being a great mentor and the first to see me in the future NBA, Búho, Juan, Miguel, Chino, Hernán , Leo, Mauri, Nito, Stacey, Jorge and many others who were close and helped me in my takeoff stage. For friendship and so many beautiful and fun moments. I had a great time playing at home with my people! Unforgettable!”.
Next, he recalled his time in Europe prior to the jump to San Antonio. “In Reggio Calabria. Gaetano by bet heavily on this unknown 21-year-old Argentine, trust me and help me grow. Brent Scott for your leadership, friendship and camaraderie, Puma (and Marina) for the constant invitations to eat and be il mio fratello in Italia, Cristiano great friend, Jeff, Sydney, Brian, Sandro, Franco, Sebastiano, Peter, Marc, Rino , Luca and the huge Gustavo Tolotti, great guy!! Also Pasquale, Lillo, Max, Beppe, Mario and so many friends who made me feel a little bit still at home despite the distance”, he added.
And he added about his journey through Italy: “In Bologna. Thank you for making me understand the importance of team play and what it takes to win. Hugo for your generosity opening the doors of your home, your family, friends and making everything easier for me. Fro, Marko, David, Matjaz, Antoine, Davide, Picchio, Rashard, Sani and more companions. Also Silvano, Giordano, Lele, Fabio, Cuzzo and Jack. They are all very good. We won and laughed a lot! It was a pleasure. I miss you guys!”.
After being drafted by the Spurs, he started a new career to remember. “About my career in San Antonio. 16 years together (actually 20 now). So many people around the team, coaches, coaches/physios, media, team managers, analytics and the front office. Impossible to mention them all. I will name quite a few and I will always forget some. I’m sorry about that. About Pop, TD and TP you know everything. But I learned a lot and loved playing with guys like Matt, Bruce, Patty, Danny, Tiago, Boris, Sean, Rasho, Kawhi, Fin, Robert, DeJuan, Fabri, Bones, Kyle, George, LA, Beno, Richard, Malik, Jacque, Ime, Pau and many many more. 124 in all! Amazing assistant coaches who put so much time and energy into my growth and getting me ready for games like Brett (hours and hours working together), Bud, Chip, JB, Ettore, Will, Chad, Mike Brown, Becky, Coach New, PJ, Ime and plus. Also the video coordinators who were in charge working with me. RC for coming to Australia in ’97 and seeing something in me that I didn’t think I had. For always being there. Then and now. Tom James, you are the best! I can’t thank you enough for your help. Will Sevening, we spent so many hours together in the training room! So many fun conversations! Brungy you drove me crazy, but I appreciated it, Aod thanks for your patience! Marilyn, Xavi, Falsone, Travis, PWest, Kelly, Phil, Bergie, Nixon, docs, etc… Great people to be around. You always made it exciting and interesting. The Holt family and the entire ownership group for creating such an amazing organization in a wonderful community and giving you the tools to thrive. To the entire city of San Antonio, thank you for 20 years of immense love,” he concluded.
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