amidst all the trades, here's a nice little bit of trivia:
Thanks to El Nono's translation of the following:
Duncan: "I don't know him"
Two weeks after the draft, playing on the Puerto Rico olympic qualifying tournament, Manu had his first taste of playing against NBA players.
One of his opponents was Tim Duncan, future teammate on the Spurs, and now friend of him. But at that time, he didn't even know who Manu was. The PF born in the Virgin Islands spoke with Ole with his usual poker face:
- Did you know a player from Argentina was drafted by your team?
I honestly didn't know that. Really?
- Yes, of course, it's number 5. His name is Emanuel Ginobili.
Nobody told me until now. I don't know him.
- Have you seen him? You think he could play next to you soon?
I don't know. From the Argentina team I only remember number 7 (Nocioni) because of the spectacular dunk he had. But the kid you mention must be talented, because not everybody catches the attention of my team and gets a spot in the draft.