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October 25, 2020

Former Spurs Center Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame

Argentina starting center that captured the gold medal in 2004 Olympics Games inducted into FIBA HOF. Oberto was part of the “golden generation” of Argentina basketball featured by great Manu Ginobili.

Via FIBA press released:

He burst onto the international basketball scene as a 20-year-old on the Argentina team that won the 1995 Pan American Games, something that foreshadowed greatness.”

The following year, Oberto got his first taste of Olympics, at the Atlanta games where he was El Alma’s third-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game.”

A couple of years later, while representing Argentina at a very demanding FIBA Under 22 World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, Oberto displayed skilled and strength in abundance with his scoring, rebounding, and defense as the country finished an impressive fourth.”

After averaging 12.9 points and 10.4 rebounds for the senior team that reached the quarter-finals at the FIBA basketball Word Cup 1998 in Athens, Greece, Oberto helped his country make international headlines.

Fabricio Oberto was acquired by the Spurs in 2005 after negotiations with fellow Argentinians Luis Scola fell through. He was a starting center in 2007 title run. Oberto was traded to the Pistons in 2009. He played one year with the Wizards and wear number 21 and to honor his idol and former teammate Tim Duncan. When he begins to experience palpitations related to a previous heart condition he decided to retire in 2010.

Source: Spurs Zone Jeff Garcia

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