- Manu played in
the Italian All-Star Game three times.
- Manu was named
to the All-Tournament Team at the 2002 World Championships. The others
were Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojakovich and Pero Cameron.
- Manu made NBA All-Rookie
Second Team for the 2002-03 season. In 69 games, he averaged 7.6 points,
2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.39 steals.
- In 2003, Manu became
the first Argentine ever to play in the NBA Finals. He led the series
in steals with 13.
- Manu scored a career-high
48 points in a 128-123 victory over the Suns in January of 2005. His
signature moment came when he dunked over Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudamire.
- Manu became an
NBA All-Star for the first time in 2005.
- Manu’s nicknames
are One and Neo, both references to the title character in “The
Matrix.” He’s also known as Gino and Narigon.
- Manu has his own
web site, www.manuginobili.com.
- Kidnapping is an
ever-present threat in Argentina, where gangs try to cash in on the
success of famous athletes like Manu. He has thought about moving his
family to the U.S., but his parents have no desire to leave their home.
hoops title at the 2004 Summer Games was the country’s first gold
- The gym in which
Manu grew up playing basketball is now named after him (Estadio Manu
- Manu’s two
favorite movies are The Sixth Sense and Forrest Gump.
- Manu also loves
soccer. His all-time favorite player is countryman Diego Maradona.
- During Manu’s
rookie season with the Spurs, Frito Lay held an essay contest for San
Antonio grade schoolers. The winner of “Manu Ginobili Wants to
Know” was third grader Scotty Davis, who penned a story in which
he and Manu share a bus ride around the city.
- Manu married Marianela
Orono during the summer of 2002. They tried to have a small, private
ceremony, but when the media got wind of the location, they showed up
en force and turned it into a circus.
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