San Antonio Spurs: Fabricio Oberto to be inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame
By Josh Paredes
Former San Antonio Spurs big man Fabricio Oberto is set to get inducted to the FIBA Hall of Fame with its next class of distinguished players.
Another former member of the San Antonio Spurs is receiving recognition for his international play. FIBA announced on Thursday that Fabricio Oberto will be among eight former players to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Spurs fans best remember Oberto for his contributions during the 2007 championship season. The Argentinian center started in 12 playoff games that year including all four games of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the series-clinching fourth game, Fabricio chipped in seven points including a clutch and-one as Cleveland threatened to force the series to a fifth game.
As a member of the silver and black from 2005-2009, Oberto averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting a remarkably efficient 57.2 percent over that four-year span. For as much as his on-court game shined over his 21-year playing career, his presence off the court equally made him a fan-favorite.
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The strong relationships he developed with teammates have been evident in the past couple of years, as he was spotted having a vacation dinner with Tim Duncan in 2017 and spoke at Manu Ginobili’s retirement ceremony in March.
While Fabricio Oberto has a special place in San Antonio history, it was his stellar international play that earned him a spot in the FIBA Hall of Fame. Along with Manu, Fabricio was a member of the Argentinian national team that took home the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. To this day, it is still the only time the United States did not win Olympic gold since NBA players were allowed starting in 1992.
Along with Olympic gold, Oberto finished his decorated career with two FIBA AmeriCup gold medals, a Pan American Games gold medal and a FIBA Diamond Ball gold medal, just to name a few of his numerous accolades.
Congratulations to Fabricio Oberto, who will be officially inducted in a special ceremony on August 30th in Beijing, China.