Friday, 27 April 2007

Canada Basketball-related International News

International News:

Here is a story that received little fanfare in Canada and the U.S.A. but is a very interesting development in FIBA Americas region basketball FIBA Americas - Americas League given green light

FIBA Americas Senior Men's Championship News ARGENTINA - Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez understands the decision by national team veteran Manu Ginobili and emerging star Walter Herrmann to withdraw from the FIBA Americas Championship squad. Ginobili and Herrmann will not play Another story confirming Ginobili will not play with speculation as to why Ginobili will not play for Argentina Luis Scola has given Argentina's Olympic qualifying hopes a shot in the arm by confirming he will play for the country at this summer's FIBA Americas Championship. BC Khimki veteran Ruben Wolkowisky has also said he intends to play. With Walter Herrmann having all but ruled himself out and his fellow NBA-based players Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto and Andres Nocioni hinting they will miss, national team coach Sergio Hernandez was desperate for some good news and now he's got it. Scola, Wolkowisky give thumbs-up to Argentina Argentina's Olympic gold-medal winning point guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez admits he is still undecided whether or not to compete in August's FIBA Americas Championship where the Athens victors will hope to book a ticket to defend their crown at the Beijing Games. Sanchez undecided on national team

VENEZUELA - Venezuela have confirmed their participation in a quadrangular tournament in Mexico ahead of the FIBA Americas Championship. The Vinotinto, coached by Nestor Salazar, will take part in the mini warm-up competition against the Mexicans, Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands on August 14 and 15 Mexico Senior Men's Warm-Up Tournament

USA - New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul had a screw inserted in his left foot Monday and will likely be unable to train with the U.S. basketball team this summer. Paul unlikely to play for U.S. Villanova coach Jay Wright has been selected as USA Basketball's head coach for this summer's USA squad that will compete at the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in July Wright to coach US team at Pan-Am Games Canada's entry at the Pan-Am games will be in a group with Puerto Rico, Brazil and Virgin Islands with games beginning on July 25th. CIS fans in the Nation's Capital will be able to watch Wright's Villanova Wildcats this coming Labour Day weekend as they come to Ottawa to face Carleton, uOttawa and McGill. Here is an article from USA Basketball previewing the United States team at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier in Las Vegas USA to open against Venezuela

BRAZIL - Anderson Varejao is having no second thoughts about playing for Brazil this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship later this year. While the participation of Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns) and Nene (Denver Nuggets) in Las Vegas is in doubt due to concerns about the insurance that the Brazilian Basketball Confederation has to pay to the NBA clubs to allow them to play for the national team, Varejao, a Cleveland Cavaliers forward, has said that he will have a "busy" summer with the Verdeamarelos. Varejao unwavering in commitment to Brazil Meanwhile Tiago Splitter doesn't hesitate when asked if he will play for Brazil this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas.
Splitter will hit the ground running in Vegas

FIBA U19 World Championship ARGENTINA - Argentina U19 coach Enrique Tolcachier has selected 24 players to begin preparations for the FIBA U19 World Championship in Serbia. Real Madrid reserve team guard Diego Gerbaudo and Tau Ceramica's 16-year-old guard Matias Nocedal, on loan at Utebo, are the key players on the roster. Argentina's U19 Team

USA - The U.S. U19 team spent much of April in Memphis training and preparing for the NIKE Hoop Summit at FedEx Forum which they won 100-80 over the World All-Stars. Many of the players on this team were on last season's U18 Gold Medal winning side and the Americans are the likely favorites for the U19 Worlds in Serbia USA Aiming To Take Advantage Of International Experience Here is a recap of the recent game in Memphis USA captures 10th NIKE Hoop Summit over World team

No comments: