A handful of days ago a bomb detonated in San Antonio, Texas: Emanuel Ginobili returns to the NBA. The Argentine basketball legend, and who knew how to win four rings with the Spurs, will be the new special advisor of operations of the franchise. The first team coach, Gregg Popovich, advanced several details of the role that Manu will occupy.
“He’s going to do everything, help with management, train, browse, probably plan a two-week trip to Italy, I could go with him,” said the 72-year-old strategist. It is worth noting that the Bahiense earned the reputation of being one of the best teammates and leaders in the sport in addition to being much loved by the small table of the franchise: Popovich, RC Buford (CEO of San Antonio) and the general manager Brian Wright, who have always loved him at the institution, so that through his influence, he can advance the Spurs culture to the next generation of players and the rest of the infrastructure.
Such is the degree of trust and friendship between Pop and Ginobili that the American strategist, when asked about the real reasons why Manu accepted this new position, joked: “His wife needed him to leave the house.”
Likewise, it should be noted that since he hung up his shirt and sneakers, back in 2018 and after 16 seasons defending the Spurs colors, the organization has been insistent in trying to convince Manu to assume an organizational position: “We love this guy, it’s Manu Ginobili and who wouldn’t want to have him around “, was another of the phrases launched by the charismatic Gregg.
In this way, Manu Ginobili will continue to be linked to the sport that he loves so much and would do so at the first level. Like another Argentine emblem and banner such as Luis Scola, who after his recent retirement has just been presented as CEO of Pallacanestro Varese in Italy, a team in which he retired.