The name of the candidates eligible for an introduction to the Hall of Fame of basketball in 2022 was unveiled on Wednesday, and we find in particular Manu Ginobili.
Retired since 2018, Manu Ginobili is now eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame, and unsurprisingly, the 44-year-old former Argentinian basketball player is among the candidates for this prestigious recognition. The list of eligible Hall of Fame candidates was unveiled on Wednesday, and the names of the finalists will be unveiled during the NBA All-Star Weekend next February in Cleveland. Manu Ginobili is undoubtedly the most famous player on the list.
The 1.98m full-back has spent his entire NBA career at San Antonio, where he stayed for sixteen seasons (13.3pts, 3.8pds and 3.5rbds on average) and where he won four league titles. , in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, while being voted best sixth man in 2008. Alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, he formed a legendary trio at Spurs. Duncan entered the Hall of Fame in 2021 and there is no doubt that the French leader should follow, he who will be eligible from 2022. Ginobili also won the gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 with the ‘Argentina and the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.
Billups, Hardaway or Hammon also inducted?
Among the other candidates, we find the current Portland coach and 2004 champion with Detroit Chauncey Billups, but also the smallest player in NBA history Muggsy Bogues (1.60m), the 2010 champion with Dallas Shawn Marion, 2000 Olympic champion Tim Hardaway, coach with over 1000 victories George Karl, or the first woman to coach an NBA game (with San Antonio following the expulsion of Gregg Popovich) Becky Hammon. During the last Hall of Fame cuvée, Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Toni Kukoc, Bob Dandridge and Ben Wallace had the chance to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts.