Ginobili and Eurostep inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

The first clue must come, no, Manu Ginobili did not invent Eurostep from the name of the movement. Ginobili is not from Europe. He is from South America. It is not called South America.

Maybe it should be. The long sideways movement — a step in one direction to make the cannons tilt, then the other way into an open space — was Ginobili’s signature, something he mastered, something that brought him into the mainstream.

In return, he got him into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The four-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs is one of the headlines at Saturday night’s tribute gala in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ginobili spent all 16 of his NBA seasons in San Antonio, partnering with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker to form the Big Three that was, and surely will continue to be, one of the best triples the league has ever seen.

It’s something you never expect,” Ginobili said as he entered the hall. “You start playing ball because you love it, because it’s fun, because you’re out there with your friends. … And now, when you thought there would be no more surprises after my career, you get a confession like that which makes you think, step back a little bit in time, and relax your story This is unbelievable.”

Ginobili isn’t the first NBA international to make it into the hall. However, he is the first to be selected by the North American Committee, which means that he only entered the hall based on the merits of his NBA career rather than what he did internationally.

He’s quick to point out that he won’t be the last name on that list. Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, and Pau Gasol will receive their calls soon.