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Open Thread: FIBA to induct former Spur Oberto to Hall of Fame

Fabricio Oberto will soon be recognized for his international accomplishments, which include being a key part of the gold medal-winning 2004 Argentina team.

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FIBA announced on Thursday that former Spur Fabricio Oberto is among 8 former basketball players to be inducted into its 2019 Hall of Fame Class.

Like all of the names being recognized for their achievements on the international stage, Oberto’s basketball impact extends far beyond his respectable 6-year NBA career, 3 of which were in San Antonio. Per FIBA:

“A native of Las Varillas, near Cordoba, Oberto is one of his country’s most beloved sportsmen after competing at the highest level of the sport in South America, Europe and North America.”

Oberto had an illustrious international career playing for his home country of Argentina, helping them win Olympic gold in 2004 (which included a semifinal victory over Team USA) and a bronze medal in 2008.

Oberto also won an NBA championship in 2007 as a member of the Spurs. Here’s a very funky highlight mix that spans his NBA and international playing days:

And here’s a clip of Fab interviewing Gregg Popovich:

Pop ought to be in attendance when Oberto is officially enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame on August 30th as, per FIBA’s press release, that ceremony will be taking place in Beijing on the eve of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Congratulations, Fabricio!

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