Fabricio Oberto would stand out even on a basketball court with his 6-feet 10-inches frame. But in the ESPN commentary booth in the Olympic Park’s basketball arena, he stands out even more so, towering over the rest of his team.
Former NBA player with the San Antonio Spurs, Fabricio Oberto along with the Argentina squad, won an Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004. They caused a major upset in the quadrennial event by defeating the USA basketball team.
At Rio, he doesn’t enjoy the locker room comforts, has to make do with the regular toilets to fix his tie and has to shoot on the stairwell of the stadium instead of courtside, but that doesn’t bother him. He is present for all the games that Argentina plays and is filled with pride every time they perform well.
Fabricio is still a popular figure among the Argentines who see him on TV. At the beginning and end of every Argentina game, supporters who spot him from far away flock to the commentator to say hello, have a word with the celebrity and click photographs with him.
No matter how long a day it might have been and how tired he would be feeling, Fabricio always obliges and often tells ushers who try to keep the fans away from him that it is okay, and he would quickly get the photo done.