Andrés “Chapu” Nocioni was one of the great players that Argentine basketball provided. The forward was at the 2004 Athens Olympics where the team won Olympic gold and withdrew from the light blue and white at the Rio 2016 Olympics after falling to the United States in the quarterfinals.
However, that game that marked the end of his career in the Argentine National Team was also Ginóbili’s last game with the national team shirt that covered Chapu’s farewell.
Nocioni recalled this fact and joked on social networks: “Today marks six years since my last game in the National Team. Unfortunately it coincided with that of Manu Ginóbili and nobody found out. But it was also emotional, ”the galvense published on his Twitter account.
The man from Santa Fe closed his message with “Always in my heart”, dedicated to the Argentine Basketball Team.
Manu Ginóbili took advantage of the post to show his love for Nocioni and remember that day: “Nice moment Andrés! Several memories of that day. Both the preview and the post. He he. I miss you”, responded the Bahiense who knew how to be NBA champion four times.
In that match, the United States Dream Team took the victory and left Argentina with no chance of a medal. However, the game most remembered by all Argentines in those games is the previous one. An electrifying game until the end against Brazil where Argentina won 111-107 in a second extra time.
Some users were encouraged to joke that, thanks to the triple on Nocioni’s buzzer, Argentina was able to play the quarterfinals against the United States: “Don’t let some NBA rings ruin your figure,” one user wrote.