Manu Ginobili was known for his otherworldly plays when he was still repping the San Antonio Spurs and Team Argentina jerseys. Recently, his autographed Spurs jersey made it to space after it was attached to a zero-pressure balloon.
Tribute to the Argentinian star
The stunt was organized by the Association and published on its Latin American channel to commemorate Ginobili's accomplishments and contributions to the region.
"We decided to take Manu Ginobili's jersey to space to recognize everything he's done for the game of basketball in Latin America and sports as a whole," said Emilio Garcia Duarte, associate vice president, head of marketing for NBA Latin America. "On the heels of his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his legacy has reached new heights and we thought this was a unique way to celebrate this tremendous honor."
Ginobili was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. In April 2022, he was announced as a first-ballot inductee. The 45-year-old finally took center stage in September, delivering his heartwarming speech alongside his teammate of 14 years, Tim Duncan.
The Argentinian inconspicuously entered the NBA after the Spurs selected him with the No. 57 overall pick of the 1999 draft. It took a while before he brought his talents to San Antonio, as he officially joined the team in the 2002 offseason.
Ginobili played his entire career in the Alamo city, spanning 16 seasons and 1,057 games. In the process, he helped the franchise win four NBA titles.
In addition, the left-handed star is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history. Aside from his championship rings, he is an Olympic gold medalist.