While Football is Here, This weekend is about Manu Ginobili going into the Hall of Fame Saturday night
Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductee Manu Ginobili speaks at a news conference at Mohegan Sun, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

It’s the opening weekend of the NFL Season. Texas plays Alabama tomorrow.

Today I am wearing a Spurs golf shirt. While getting gas and while at lunch, I was asked why Spurs on this Friday.

Easy answer – in honor of Manu Ginobili going into the Hall of Fame this weekend. Both people that asked said it was cool but didn’t realize the enshrinement ceremony was this weekend.

That is on the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Why this weekend?

Manu and his 2022 Class deserve the spotlight that comes with the honor but it won’t get near the play because it’s football season. And that is a damn shame.

I honestly can’t say that I will watch it live, because of football but I will record it (Saturday at 6p on NBATV, set your DVR).

Manu is the most popular Spur and my favorite player. I wish I was there to witness it live. Tim Duncan will present him – and you know when he gets to the podium, be ready to laugh. Be ready to cry.

Manu is the headliner of this class that also includes George Karl, Tim Hardaway, Del Harris, Swin Cash and 8 others.

I don’t pretend to know what all goes into planning an event like this but I do know I wouldn’t want to go head to head with the opening weekend of the NFL or a big college football Saturday.

But it also seems perfect for Manu. A player that would have started for any other NBA team, but he embraced his role as a sixth man. A player that never sought the spotlight that played for an organization that doesn’t seem to want the attention.

Let me know what you think on Twitter @JasonMinnix and tune into The Blitz weekdays 4-7p.

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