González was billed as being 8 ft (2. 4 m), making him the tallest WWE wrestler and Argentine basketball player in history (in reality, while still holding those accolades as the tallest, his true height was 2. 31 m (7 ft 7 in). He started his career with the youths of Hindú Club de Resistencia at the age of 16 (and already 2. 19 m (7 ft 2 in) tall). Subsequently, León Najnudel, then coach of the Argentine national team, recommended the board of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata to sign the player for the team's Argentine second division roster. During 1986, González helped Gimnasia achieve promotion to the Argentine first division. He then signed for Sport Club Cañadense, but saw little action due to an injury that left him off the court for 9 months.