Since Manu Ginobili became a San Antonio Spur 15 years ago with the 57th overall pick in the draft, he has won four NBA championships, one Olympic gold, one European championship, a Sixth Man of the Year award, and has been named an NBA All-Star on two occasions.
So, yeah, he’s had himself quite the career, and as a result of that, a statue has been made in his honor near where he grew up in Buenos Aires. He is, after all, one of the greatest international players the NBA has ever seen, and his story — one of the last picks in the draft to an All-Star and a key cog on one of the greatest basketball teams of all time — is truly inspiring.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) August 29, 2014
If you’re Spanish isn’t quite up to scratch (you’re not the only one), here is a very rough translation, thanks to Flexin_Texan on Reddit: “Mom, I didn’t become a doctor, but they made me a statue in Buenos Aires!”
It’s safe to say that basketball has been pretty good to Ginobili and that the statue is well deserved.