What LeBron James thought about Manu Ginobili’s injury against the United States in the Olympics

    Julius Montenegro


    Emanuel Ginóbili was injured in the semifinal Argentina vs. United States from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and LeBron James revealed what he thought about Manu’s injury.

    Lebron James And Emanuel Ginobili
    © Getty ImagesLeBron James and Emanuel Ginobili

    The objective was only one: to beat him at all costs to take revenge for the defeat in the semifinal of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Emanuel Manu Ginobili became the motivation, the most dangerous rival and, why not say it, one of the main causes that USA will form the ‘Team Redeemer’ con LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and company.

    The United States began to form such a united group for the 2008 Beijing Olympics that lasted a month in concentration, came to play cards for 35 nights in a row and when they met Argentina in the semifinals, the name of Manu Ginóbili appeared everywhere.

    The Golden Generation Argentina He had just won the gold medal and beat the United States in the semifinals of the 2004 Athens Olympics by 89-81. Ginobili who registered 29 units and from then on he got into the heads of the NBA stars. Mike Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, decided to put headlines about the Argentine basketball legend on the chairs that the USA players were going to sit in before the semifinal against Argentina in Beijing 2008.

    Everything ready for a new function of Emanuel Ginóbili in the Olympic Games, but… Wait a minute. Crack! He cracked Manu’s left ankle and with 3:39 left in the first quarter he retired to the locker room to not play that game again. That The semifinal of August 22, 2008 was won by the United States by 101 to 81 points.

    What LeBron thought about Ginobili’s injury against USA at the Olympics

    “We were so focused on Manu that, when he got injured, it was like… It took the emotion out of the moment,” confessed Dwyane Wade, in the documentary‘The Redeemer Team’the Netflix. Along the same lines was the thought of LeBron James, who scored 15 points against Argentina in the semifinal of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but once suffered an injury to Emanuel Ginobili was not the same for the United States, the Golden Generation and the very ‘Rey’ of the NBA.

    “The last thing we wanted was for Manu to get injured. We wanted to dominate them on the court, but we wanted to beat the best,” LeBron James said on Netflix’s “Team Redeemer.”



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