October 29 is not another date for anyone passionate about basketball and Argentine sports, since on a day like today, but 2002, towards his official debut in the NBA, before the eyes of the world and against the best, Emanuel Ginobili. Therefore, in Planet Gol they made a new Retro moment to remember this historical event in the history of the national sport.
The Argentine’s first game in the United States league was against Los Angeles Lakers in a meeting that ended 87-82 in favor of the whole of San Antonio, Texas. It is worth noting that this Los Angeles campus had the immense figure of Kobe bryant.
The truth is that there were 3 minutes and 15 seconds left in the first quarter when Gregg popovich He looked at him, called him up, and gave him the indication to replace Steve Smith. In the first offensive action he had, he shot three to score his first points in the best basketball competition in the world. His final roster was drawn with 7 points (1-4 in triples and 2-5 in doubles), 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 losses. Very good numbers for a rookie who not many had faith that he could shine.
Also, it should be remembered that the arrival of the escort to the most renowned and important league took place after a great step from Bahia through the European continent, and that in a short time, and due to good performances, he consolidated as one of the figures of the Spurs. So much so that it formed the famous “Big Three” with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, owners of the last four rings of the Texas franchise.