Basketball — World cupWednesday, July 30, 2014
Ginóbili included in provisional squad
Despite Spurs ban for playing
Julio Lamas yesterday named the preliminary squad for the World Cup and included Emanuel Ginóbili despite the San Antonio Spurs not wanting him to take part in the event due to injury.
Argentine men’s national basketball team coach Julio Lamas named yesterday the provisional 15-player list for the World Cup to be played in Spain in late August and included Emanuel Ginóbili, whose presence remains in doubt after the San Antonio Spurs denied him permission to take part in the tournament on Monday due to a foot injury.
Ginóbili, who turned 37 on Monday, will undergo more medical exams and try to negotiate with the NBA team in order to be in the World Cup. Spurs general manager RC Buford cited an eight-week recovery span for the stress fracture in Ginóbili’s lower right fibula, which was discovered during exit physicals after the team crushed Miami in the Finals to clinch their fifth championship. With the Spurs playing their last game on June 15.
The NBA teams can deny their players to play in International Basketball Federation (FIBA) events if they are not fit enough.
The complete list is: Pablo Prigioni, Facundo Campazzo, Nicolás Laprovíttola, Nicolás Richotti, Emanuel Ginóbili, Franco Giorgetti, Selem Safar, Walter Herrmann, Marcos Mata, Andrés Nocioni, Marcos Delía, Matías Bortolín, Tayavek Gallizzi, Leonardo Gutiérrez and Luis Scola.
Argentina will play a Three-Nations tournament in Rio de Janeiro with Brazil and Angola from Thursday to Saturday and will face Brazil and Mexico on August 8 and 9 in Tecnópolis. The team will travel to Europe on August 14 to play a Four-Nations tournament in Serbia.
The World Cup will be played from August 30 to September 14. Argentina will participate in Pool B with Puerto Rico, Croatia, Philippines, Senegal and Greece.
Herald staff with DyN