Argentina’s Manu Ginobili, one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, has been named the title of the 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame class announced on Saturday.
Ginobili has won four National Basketball Association titles during his 16-season run, including the San Antonio Spurs and an Olympic gold medal.
In the 1999 second-round draft pick of the Spurs, Ginobili played 1,057 games with an average of 13.3 points and 3.8 assists and helped the Spurs to the championship in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
Ginobili was also part of the Argentina team that became the first national team to deny Olympic gold to American professionals when he led his country to the 2004 Athens semifinals by defeating Team USA on the way to winning the tournament.
“It’s another thing you never expect when you start playing ball. Thanks to everyone who helped me on this journey! ” Ginobili wrote on Twitter.
Also among the 13 members of the 2022 class are five-time NBA All-Star Team Hardway, two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year Bob Huggins, former NBA coach George Carl and longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans.
The 2022 class will be held on September 10 at a ceremony at the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Hall of Fame.
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