Manu Ginobili: “I’m very proud to be part of this team”

Whether Argentina contends for a gold medal on Sunday shouldn’t undermine their Olympic journey. Their journey should retain the esoteric beauty inherent in advancing deep into the Olympic stages. It’s incredibly difficult to qualify for the tournmanet much less compete for a medal of any stature.

It’s easy to get lost in the amount of rhetoric and expectations. But Manu Ginobili realizes the value of the journey and the fact that their tireless effort will not go unappreciated in the future.

    “Yes, it’s special because we had a hard time getting here, and be followed by third Olympic Games in the     semifinals, is very big, very big, you (are) just going to appreciate over time,” Ginobili said. “Obviously now I     speak, but in years we are going to account for years how difficult this was, and how difficult it is to be     repeated. So I’m very proud to be part of this team. It’s amazing what we are doing.”

While reflecting on a journey that hasn’t been completed isn’t a viable strategy, sometimes it’s good to keep things in perspective. It’s worked so far for Argentina, anyway.

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  • Sivan John

    I’m practically very sad to this team’s amazing journey is coming to a close end. Having been following for the past 10 years, it’s hard to see any other national side that will have the kind of impact Argentina had on world basketball. Even the Spurs management have admit, the foundation is based on the model that Argentina has built on. I dare to say, they had the same impact on kids who grew up playing basketball for the past 10 years, just as much as the Original Dream Team had 10 years before that. Whatever the outcome against USA, their legacy (which includes defeating Team USA with NBA superstars, not once but TWICE!!!!) will live on in basketball forever.