Sunday, 15 August 2010

FIBA World Championship Notes: Noah out; Spainish Roster, Greek Injuries

Likely old news to many but Joakim Noah has not been included on the French roster for the World Championships as he continues to negotiate a new contract with the Chicago Bulls. France is in Group D with Canada.

Bouroussis Out... Great blow for Greece as their starting C Ioannis Bouroussis got injured and will miss at least 10-15 days of training. The player suffered a fissure in the metacarpus during a training in Athens and although everyone feared that the player could even miss the World Championship the player himself ruled out such a case and will do his best to be ready on time. For the moment being Bouroussis will miss the Acropolis Cup (games vs Serbia, Slovenia, Canada) and the great friendly game against USA. Bouroussis is the second big man to get injured after Schortsianitis, something which might even secure a position in the 12-men squad for Panathinaikos' Ian Vouyoukas.

Greece dominates Love Cyprus tournament

The Spanish team is loaded with talent but is without Pau Gasol. Still, any squad with Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro, Rudy Fernandez, Jorge Garbajosa, Marc Gasol and Fran Vazquez is deep, talented, experienced and will be very tough to beat. Canada gets Spain in their final Group D matchup during the preliminary round of the World championships.

Argentina Update: Arg begins a warm-up series in Spain beginning today against the host Spainish and then Monday against Brazil. Argy recently announced their 12 man roster for the worlds as follows:
PG: Pablo Prigioni and Juan Pablo Cantero
SG: Carlos Delfino and Paolo Quinteros
SF: Andres Nocioni, Hernan Jasen and Federico Kammerichs
PF: Luis Scola and Leonardo Gutierrez
C: Fabricio Oberto, Juan GutiƩrrez and Roman Gonzalez

Andres Nocioni is expected to play for the Argentinean team in the Efes Pilsen Tournament including when Argentina faces Canada on August 21st in another warm-up tournament.

Argentina is in a Group A of 2010 FIBA World Championship starting on August 28 in Kayseri which also includes Australia, Angola, Germany, Jordan and Serbia.

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