Ginobili goes extra mile to meet expedition-minded Argentines

By Jeff Case

The list of Argentinian players who have logged time on an NBA court is pretty small, but perhaps the best known/best loved among those names is Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili.

Ginobili has endeared himself to many basketball fans around the globe during his 12 seasons in San Antonio (including, of course, Charles Barkley) for his on-court play, sense of humor and his quick wits (especially if you’re a bat).

That brings us to Juan Rizzati and Santiago Uranga, two Argentinians who are in the midst of an Argentina-to-Alaska trek in an old Fiat 600.

Along the way up north, the duo stopped in San Antonio for a Spurs game. They told team officials of their travel plans and their ultimate goal and Ginobili was more than happy to meet the pair before a recent Spurs home game:

VIDEO: Argentinian travelers meet Manu Ginobili

Needless to say, this will probably be one of the highlights of the trip for Rizzati and Uranga.


  1. lbj says:

    Doing an extra mind won’t give Ginobili any rings he needs to do extra effor to be traded with Miami and play with our “king” LeBron”, We will trade bald player battier to close to bald Ginobili plus future first round picks!!

  2. Ginobli says:

    Ginobli has more rings then Lebron

  3. Billy Bueno says:

    Manu Ginobli is a role model and great all-around person and Argentine legend. He makes his country proud of him and makes Maradona look like a lazy, do nothing fool. Thanks Manu

  4. jty7271 says:

    Those guys seem pretty cool.