Manu Ginobili told NBA TV’s broadcast team that no one from his home country of Argentina witnessed the San Antonio Spurs winning the NBA title over the Miami Heat on Sunday, because they were all too drunk from celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win over Bosnia- Herzegovina.
“How many folks in Argentina are watching?” asked Matt Winer.
“We are in the middle of the World Cup. Nobody cares,” said Manu, who sat with an Argentine flag draped over his lap. “We won today, we beat Bosnia.”
“They abandoned you for soccer?” asked Winer.
“We beat Bosnia and they’re already drinking,” explained the four-time NBA champion. “They don’t care at all.”
“On the papers and the Internet, when they wake up tomorrow,” Winer said.
“They’ll see,” responded Manu.
“When they wake up tomorrow with a hangover,” joked Chris Webber.
The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 in Game 5, winning their fifth title as a franchise and first since 2007.
Earlier in the day, Argentina had beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina in their World Cup opener at Brazil’s Maracana Stadium. The Argentines took an early lead, thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Bosnia-Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinic. Lionel Messi then doubled Argentina’s lead before Vedad Ibisevic struck a late consolation goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina.