Manu's influence will bring about more Hispanic basketball bloggers, players, scouts, General Managers, analysts and owners. He is helping the assimilation process of America's strongest new immigrant group by getting them interested in one of Americas most favorite pastimes. Basketball.
So, My mother is Scottish and my father Choctaw Indian. I too speak Spanish. I'm not Hispanic!!! I'm an American!!!!!
Team: Kinder Bologna
Born: 28 July, 1977
I get lost with definitions from someone who says Manu being a Spanish speaking Hispanic when in fact he is of italian descent and actually speaks both Italian and Spanish. Cannot help it but to have some sort of rejection to such use of the English languaje and the obvious condescent attitude of someone quite confused in undertsanding cultural paths.
Thank you so much everyone for the compliments on my piece. Manu carries himself with such class it made it easy to write.
Manu is one of favorite Spur because of his on and off court demeanor and his passion for the game. Nice article.
Excellent angle on a holiday that every American should be proud of. Manu is a great example on and off the court. He was the next-to-the-last pick in the draft in 1999, overlooked twice by all other teams and even once by the Spurs. But he dedicated himself to being the best and when he finally got his chance, the reaction by Pop, his fellow Spurs and Spurs fans (but especially Latinos), not only in SA but all over the country, was, "Wow, where did this guy come from?" He never trash talks, never complains, never disrespects an opponent or the officials. He's a class act, period. We are blessed to be able to witness his exploits on the court. Thanks, again, for an excellent article. Que Viva Manu y los Spurs!
Wow, amazing words!! I am very proud of Manu, I was born in the same city than him, in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. And I agree with your words. Because for us he is not only a basketball player, he is much more than that. He is an example for all the kids, his humility inspire us all. He is just a common guy with an NBA Super Star suit. He gave us so much with our National Team that we will be always greatfull.
Thanks for this great note Jake.
Juan Goicochea from Argentina.
@Gervinfan Manu has dial citizenship but was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina if that clarifies anything. Not sure what the issue is here.
@Gervinfan A persons cultural heritage is as important in identifying ethnicity as someone's bloodline. Manu being a duel citizen of Italy and Argentina doesn't make him less part of the Hispanic community.
@hankthetank Manu is Argentinian, he is not Italian, if you wanna go that road we are all africans.
So he really represent LATIN AND CENTRAL AMERICA, PLUS ANY OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT ACTS THE WAY HE DOES, WITH RESPECT TO THE GAME, TO PEOPLE, TO LIFE.
@JuanGoico Thanks for stopping by Juan. This was a nice write up for MLK day here in the US.