The primary nationwide workforce to take to the sector after the dying of Diez remembered it with shirts and a video after which beat Chile for the Americup Qualifiers.
Diego Maradona is (was, can be) synonymous with the nationwide soccer workforce, however he was additionally the primary fan of any nationwide workforce, regardless of the sport. And the Argentine basketball workforce was no exception. On Friday evening, as the primary to take to the sector after the dying of Diez, the squad paid tribute to the now everlasting idol.
Earlier than taking part in in opposition to Chile for the third match of group A within the 2021 Americup Qualifiers, the gamers jumped onto the parquet sporting the workforce’s earlier mannequin of the white jersey.
Every of the backs was stamped with the quantity 10 and the Maradona surname. Thus the gamers posed within the heart of the sector – some from the entrance, others from the again – and paid homage to the deceased star.
Then, it was the flip of the video made by Primate Animation for the Argentine Confederation, with the voiceover of a logo of the Golden Era equivalent to Fabricio Oberto and the workforce respectfully watching it from the sector on the Works screens.
“You have been a real fan of Argentine basketball. You went to our courts, you have been in our locker rooms and also you admired our gamers if you have been primary. However with out making anybody really feel what you actually have been,” the Cordovan stated within the video.
In the meantime, the pictures of Diego with the Nationwide Crew adopted each other. Diego within the stands, Diego with coach Sergio Hernández, Diego with the Olympic champions, Diego with Manu Ginobili, Diego with Oberto himself and, after all, Diego on the sector and with the World Cup.
“Thanks for at all times being with us in a real method. Merely thanks for all eternity,” closed the expivote.
After the reminiscence of Diez, the workforce led by Gabriel Piccato beat Chile 67-61 with Máximo Fjellerup, one of many world runners-up in China 2019, as the highest scorer with 14 factors. Federico Aguerre (11 and 6 rebounds) was the second finest scorer.