HoopsHype Argentina rumors

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At 36, Manu Ginobili, the hero of Argentina's 2004 Olympic gold medal team, knows this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain might be the last time he and his teammates from that year play together on their national team. Nevertheless, Ginobili said he will wait until the end of the Spurs' season before deciding about playing in the recently renamed FIBA world championship tournament. “Nothing changed in a year-and-a-half,” Ginoibli said, elaborating on recent comments reported by ESPN Deportes. “I never said I wasn't going to play. I never confirmed I was going to play. It's a matter of time and how my body feels. “I really couldn't say I was not going to play because I still feel part of the team and the group, so the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it's going to be hard because I wasn't ready then.” San Antonio Express-News

Having bounced back from an injury plagued 2012-13 season, Ginobili said he’s open to competing for his native country at this summer’s FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain. Provided, of course, his body holds up. “Nothing changed,” he said. “I never said I wasn’t going to play (again), I never confirmed I was going to play. It’s a matter of time, how my body feels. But yeah, I really couldn’t say I couldn’t play because I still feel part of that team. So the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it’s going to be hard. “It’s very hard (to let that go). I’ve always enjoyed playing with my teammates and representing my country. If not, I would have (retired) maybe three years ago, even before the last Olympics. It’s something I really enjoy doing.” San Antonio Express-News

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Nobody has played more summer ball in the current century than new Pacers forward Luis Scola. With 12 international competitions and just one year off since 2000, the Argentinian forward beats the Gasol brothers and Mavs guard Jose Manuel Calderon, who have taken part in 11 FIBA tournaments each, as the NBA player most committed to a National Team. HoopsHype

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Q: You said you like Buenos Aires a lot. Why? Chris Copeland: “The people here have been great. It’s a beautiful area. We're staying at a hotel right next to a river walk that’s like the one in San Antonio. Seems like it’s everything you want in a country.” Q: It’s ironic you are in Argentina. That’s the homeland of Luis Scola, who the Pacers recently acquired. What is your reaction to that? A: “I don’t want to say much about that (the trade had not officially been announced at the time of the interview). But if we could get him, it would be awesome.” The Star Press

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On national team coach Julio Lamas' recent visit to the United States to see Argentina's NBA players, he visited with Pablo Prigioni (New York), Luis Scola (Phoenix) and Carlos Delfino (Houston). He did not meet up with Ginobili in San Antonio. "Manu will not play in 2013," Lamas said. "He told me. So I think we should leave him alone. I have to worry about those who go. "It's not that I do not follow him because I see him play (on television) all the time. "But again, I have to assemble the team of Caracas." FIBA.com

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