HoopsHype Argentina rumors

August 10, 2012 Updates

Krzyzewski has made a big deal of saying Argentina is a different team with Prigioni. But Prigioni said he’s just “70 percent’’ after having missed two games in this Olympic tournament with his ailment. In the Argentines’ quarterfinal victory over Brazil, he shot just 2 of 8. “I hope ... to be a little more [healthy],’’ said Prigioni, who is on medication. “The worst of it is it takes all my energy.’’ This will be the third meeting between the teams in 16 days, with America winning an exhibition in Barcelona by six points before Saturday’s 29-point victory. “It’s more of a challenge [to beat them three times], but we have a game plan,’’ said LeBron James, who posted a triple double in the win over Australia. “We’ll learn from our mistakes.’’ Argentina is flush with veterans who likely are making their Olympic swan song. “It definitely changes their approach, they could be going into their last game together internationally,’’ Anthony said. “ Just think of if you were playing your last game, the type of energy you’d bring.’’ New York Post

August 9, 2012 Updates

For a third straight Olympics, the U.S. men will be facing Argentina. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were on the team that lost to Argentina in 2004 and they beat Argentina four years ago. "We're ready for it,'' said Anthony before the U.S. walked through its rotations on the eve of their rematch. "We know what's at stake. We know that they're going to throw everything at us and they're in our way of our journey, which is the gold medal.'' SI.com

If Spain has been pacing itself throughout these Games, then the U.S. has been seeking inspiration. "We don't intend to coast,'' said Anthony. "We just have times where we're just, 'OK, they scored a couple of times, now let's turn it up.' We don't intend to do that. But (Friday) it won't be none of that." "Even after the game,'' said Anthony of the quarterfinal victory against Australia, "in the middle of the court we was talking about this is something that we're looking forward to.'' He was talking about the rematch with the Argentines. "We had a feeling that it was going to happen and we have a chance to do something good.'' SI.com

Wrapped in his country's flag, his voice hoarse from screaming and sinus problems, Andres Nocioni tried to summarize the bond his teammates share in over a decade-long commitment to Argentina's national team. "I die for Manu (Ginobili)," Nocioni said. "Manu die for me." Chicago Tribune

The U.S. advances to face Argentina in a Friday semifinal, three days after the teams tussled and Facundo Campazzo punched Anthony in the groin. "It's going to be a physical game," Kevin Durant said. "But we're a physical team too." Chicago Tribune

August 8, 2012 Updates

Still USA forward Carmelo Anthony thinks Argentina forward Facundo Campazzo sank to a new low by hitting him in the groin as he was shooting a three-pointer. "It was definitely a cheap shot," Anthony said. "Something like that, I don't play like that. "If you're going to foul somebody, foul them hard but you don't take a shot like that. Nobody takes a cheap shot like that." Philadelphia Inquirer

Leandro, the eldest of the Ginobili brothers, used crude language to do so, calling Spanish players "pussies" (roughly translated) and pointing at the lack of fight in the final minutes of the game, when the Spaniards were trailing on the score and looked to be in no rush to score or foul. A 14-year veteran of the Argentinean League, Ginobili now says he's sorry for the foul language, but otherwise stands by his words, which made headlines in the Spanish media Tuesday. "If you understand just a little bit about basketball, it should be clear that Spain didn't want to win the game," Leandro, who writes for sports newspaper Ole and does color commentary for state-owned TV station Canal 7, told HoopsHype. "I would be OK with giving the main guys on the team a break, but not with the attitude displayed. When you're 5-6 points behind with two minutes to go and you don't foul and you play long possessions, that's strange, right?" HoopsHype

August 7, 2012 Updates

Carmelo Anthony, who’s 6-8, rose for a long jumper, and 5-10 Argentine point guard Facundo Campazzo hit him in the groin. Melo mellowed out on the floor in agony. That’s cheap. That’s cheesy. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Anthony’s drop to the hardwood as if poleaxed, ‘‘He wasn’t celebrating the shot.’’ It was an angry moment in a hard-fought game, and the ensuing scrum put even more fever into the Americans’ goal of winning every game in London by as much as possible. ‘‘It was wrong,’’ Kobe Bryant (11 points in 21 minutes) said angrily of the jab. ‘‘We told him, ‘You don’t do that.’ ’’ Chicago Sun-Times

With Ginobili at age 35, these Olympics could be the last time for a while we see Argentina play a key role in a major international tournament, which is too bad, because they’ve been such a joy to watch. Scola is 32, and though he shrugs off the notion of Argentina in decline, he does recognize that it is not ’04 anymore. “I don’t feel old,” Scola said. “Time goes by and we got a group of guys who have been here more than 10 years, of course, it is going to come to an end. But I don’t see it that way. Along the way, there (were) many guys who are not with us anymore, and some other guys joined the group later. That’s going to keep coming. But at one point, all the guys who played in 2004 are going to be gone. But I am expecting to play more. Some new guys are going to come, and hopefully we can stay competitive.” Sporting News

August 6, 2012 Updates

Lithuania shot 58.5 percent against the U.S., which looked complacent after its historic 83-point romp over Nigeria. Prigioni will face his future Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and center Tyson Chandler, who played just eight minutes against Lithuania and may be bothered by a sore finger. “I like Pablo a lot,’’ Anthony said. “I like him a lot — an older veteran guard who knows how to run the team, knows how to play the game and is very knowledgeable of the game out there on the basketball court. When we watch film of him and just watching him play over the years, he rarely turns the ball over. He just runs the team, just runs the offense, don’t try to do too much, shoot when he’s open and try to get everyone else involved.’’ New York Post

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