When Manu Ginobili reflects on the adversity of growing up to win four NBA titles and Olympic gold from Argentina, he is surprised that this is actually the story of his athletic life.
“It’s one of millions,” Ginobili said after an official announcement on Saturday that he has now been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“The allegations are very, very thin and it happened to me. I don’t know what happened, but I was.
“I can be an important part of both the FIBA and the NBA, the two most iconic teams of those decades. Incredibly lucky and fortunate to be a part of both. “
Ginobili, a five-time All-Star Tim Hardway And equipped former coaches George Carl The families included in the 2022 category were NBA names, announced on the NCAA Final Four site from New Orleans on Saturday.
Also elected this year is the former WNBA Champion and two-time College National Champion Swine Cash; Former NBA coach George Carl; Longtime college instructor Bob HugginsWNBA Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Wellen; NCAA National Championship Coach and former WNBA Coach of the Year Marian StanleyAnd a former NBA officer Hugh Evans.
The class will be inducted into the Nicemith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 10 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ginobili, a two-time All-Star, has spent his entire 16-year NBA career with San Antonio, a big reason he is now going to the Hall of Fame. He similarly credits his long tenure with the Argentine national team which is regularly among the best in the world.
“I was part of two incredible teams; I wouldn’t be here without these two groups, “said Ginobili.
“It’s not just about personal achievement. I have never won a scoring championship, MVP or even [All-NBA] The first team. I’m here because of my surroundings, the players I’ve played with, I’m here for the coaches [by] And companies. I know I’m lucky. “
But Ginobili made his mark in the game the way he employed lateral movement after picking up his dribble to take shots in the paint. It became known as ‘Eurostep’ because Ginobili played for a Eurolig Championship-winning team in Bologna, Italy before joining the NBA.
“I’ve never seen anything like this made or come up with something new. I just played the way I thought possible, “explained Ginobili, who took up the challenge of trying to score against 7-footer Shakil O’Neill early in his career.
“I wasn’t going to go over vegetables and stings, I had to go around people,” Zinobili said. “This is how my skill set and physical ability got to get rim. I remember I did it. “
The rest of the 2022 Naismith Hall of Fame class:
- Hardware He played 15 NBA seasons from 1989 to 2003 with Golden State, Miami, Dallas, Denver and Indiana.
- Carl He played five seasons at the NBA in San Antonio before coaching for 27 years, during which time he won 1,175 games – placing him sixth in all-time. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013.
- Huggins The college coaching career, which began in 1977, has won over 900 NCAAs and is currently based in West Virginia.
- Cash, Who has already been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, is currently an executive at the NBA New Orleans Pelicans. He has won two NCAA national titles with Connecticut and one WNBA title with Detroit. He also worked as an executive with WNBA’s New York Liberty.
- Whale A five-time WNBA All-Star and four-time champion. He is now head coach at Minnesota, where he also played in college.
- Stanley, Who is currently a WNBA head coach in Indiana, has spent 45 years coaching, including 22 years at the college level with Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Stanford and California. She was named WNBA Coach of the Year in 2022, when she was also inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Evans From 1973 to 2001, he hosted more than 1,900 regular-season games, including 170 playoff games, 35 NBA Finals games, and four NBA All-Star games. He was the NBA’s Assistant Supervisor of Official for three years after leaving the court. Duty
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