Connoisseurs of the best league on the planet and members of the Golden Generation, the former San Antonio Spurs and the former Chicago Bulls expressed their feelings.
The news of the historic arrival of Leandro Bolmaro to the NBA generated a wave of messages from several Argentine basketball stars such as Emanuel Ginobili and Andrés Nocioni, who celebrated the great leap of the 20-year-old from Cordoba.
Manu, a four-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, was overcome by excitement. It is that the best basketball player in national history screwed up by misspelling the position in which Bolmaro was chosen by the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA draft. Although shortly after, the Bahiense put humor and clarified the error.
“Leandro Bolmaro to Minnesota Timberwolves !! Draft number 24. Great moment for our basketball! It will be managed by @ PPrigioni9. We have another team to cheer on!“, he celebrated on his Twitter account and made reference to Bolmaro’s transfer from NY Knicks to Minnesota, where his compatriot Pablo Prigioni is a technical assistant.
“23 … the excitement made me hurry!”, the Olympic champion and world runner-up with the Argentine National Team wrote again minutes later.
Another former NBA and member of the Golden Generation like Chapu Nocioni was happy for the good news received just the same day where the suspension of the National League was confirmed due to the multiple cases of coronavirus in the “bubbles”.
“Leandro Bolmaro 23 del Draft!!! National basketball is once again present in the NBA. Hard day for our sport because of what happened in the LNB. But this is an incentive, “wrote the Santa Fe who played in Chicago Bulls (2004.2009), Sacramento Kings (09-10) and Philadelphia 76ers (10-12)
But there was more. And not only Manu has already put on the Minnesota jersey. They also joined Lucas Victoriano and Julio Lamas.
“We will all be from Minnesota in Argentina. NBA is spoken in Argentine again,” said the man from Tucumán, another of the former Golden Generation players who leads Regatas Corrientes.
For his part, the former coach of the Argentine National Team who currently trains the Japan team published: “Next season we will have to support Minnesota then.
From the official account of the Argentine Basketball Confederation they also celebrated the news: “A pride for Argentine basketball and our teams”, they highlighted.
And could not miss Basket Bay, where the guard debuted in the National League: “Leandro Bolmaro was selected by the New York Knicks in 23rd place in the NBA Draft, but his rights were transferred to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Congratulations Leandro Bolmaro. Pride BB.”
Bolmaro became the 9th Argentine basketball player to be selected by the North American league through the draft. Current Barcelona player from Spain, he was chosen in the 23rd place of this basketball “casting” that for the first time in history was carried out virtually as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bolmaro’s eight predecessors who were chosen in this way were Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino, Hernán Montenegro, Marcelo Nicola, Jorge “Gigante” González (now deceased), Federico Kammerichs and Juan Pablo Vaulet. These last five never got a chance to play in the NBA.
While the other nine Argentine basketball players who also played in the NBA with Ginobili, Scola and Delfino, but were selected as “free agents”, were Juan Ignacio “Pepe” Sánchez, Rubén Wolkowyski, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni, Nocioni, Walter Herrmann, Nicolás Brussino, Patricio Garino and Nicolás Laprovittola.
And this payroll is in the process of joining this Friday another Cordovan like Facundo Campazzo, current Real Madrid base, 29, who has already managed his departure from the Spanish club to be able to join an NBA franchise, since the economic clause to leave the merengue club amounts to 6,000,000 dollars.