Ginobili Limps from NBA Playoffs towards Beijing Olympics

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Manu Ginobili announced that despite the problems his injured ankle gave him in this year’s NBA playoffs, he expects to be fine for the Beijing Olympic games. In the 2004 Athens games, he helped lead Argentina to the basketball gold medal, scoring 16 points against Italy in the final. Born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Ginobili played in Argentina and Italy before going to the United States to play for the San Antonio Spurs in 2002. In his six years in the NBA, he has already won three championships and, in 2005, he made the All-Star team.  He is one of the reasons that the NBA has become as popular as it has in Argentina.

VIA The Canadian Press

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[…] Manu Ginobili, basketball star of the San Antonio Spurs, has been chosen to carry Argentina’s flag in the opening ceremonies of this year’s Olympics in Beijing. This decision comes in the midst of controversy about whether or not Ginobili will be well enough to play. His ankle, which he injured in the NBA playoffs, is still not healed completely. A member of Argentina’s gold medal team from 2004, Ginobili is clearly beloved here and posters of him are all over the city right now as part of a Nike advertising campaign. Everyone hopes that he will be able to play and no one is sure who might replace him, if he is ultimately unable to suit up. […]

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