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Former Bulls forward says Manu Ginobili is a great NBA ambassador for the world

FILE - In this May 16, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili warms up for Game 2 of the the team's NBA basketball Western Conference final against the Golden State Warriors, in Oakland, Calif. Ginobili announced on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, that he will play a 16th season with the Spurs. The Argentine guard who turns 40 next week made the announcement with a brief message on his Twitter account. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

While visiting Argentina, former Chicago Bulls forward Horace Grant sat down with an interview with Argentinian site La Nueva, and had some high praise for San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.

Specifically, he spoke on how much Manu is a good ambassador for the game of basketball not only in his native Argentina and the United States but for the world.

“Manu is a great NBA ambassador not only in the United States and in his country, but he is a great representative in the world.”
“His professionalism, but the most important thing is that with the passage of the years he did not lose the freshness. He is an ambassador of the League in the world for many things, not only for what he does inside the court, but even more for what he shows out of it with people."

Heading into his 16th season with San Antonio, Manu is still showing he still has a lot left in his tank which left Grant speculating No. 20 might play beyond two more seasons.

"He's a great player, we might realize what Manu means when he retires in two years or not, maybe he'll go on for a while."

There is no doubt Manu will be a first ballot Hall of Famer once he does decide to call it a career. He has done so much for the game of basketball on and off the court. From playing each game as if it's his last, never in the spotlight for negative reasons, willing to interact with his fans, willing to represent his home country in international play to being a superb family man, Manu is exactly what the NBA hopes its players strive to become.

"I have no doubt that Manu is one of the best in history, especially because of the way he changed not only the League but the Spurs."

Twitter: @MichaelRehome

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