San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is set to receive the ultimate honor of his decorated career after it was announced on Thursday that the two-time All-Star will headline the 2022 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee.
This report comes from NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic:
San Antonio Spurs icon Manu Ginobili will be a first-ballot induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022, sources tell The Athletic, Stadium.
San Antonio Spurs icon Manu Ginobili will be a first-ballot induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame @Hoophall Class of 2022, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 31, 2022
Ginobili retired in 2018 following an illustrious 16-year career with the Spurs which included two All-Star appearances, two All-NBA team inclusions, a Sixth Man of the Year title, and of course, no less than four NBA championships. 2022 is Manu’s first year of eligibility and it’s quite an honor to be named a Hall of Famer this soon.
Ginobili is one of the most well-loved figures in Spurs franchise history and I’m certain that San Antonio fans everywhere will be rejoicing with this news.
Joining the Spurs icon as part of the Class of 2022 are WNBA legend Swin Cash, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, former Seattle SuperSonics and Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, as well as two-time NCAA Coach of the Year winner Bob Huggins.