HoopsHype Argentina rumors

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

August 4, 2012 Updates

Argentina had long been a good team, but Manu Ginobili's emerging greatness promised to make them champions. He was daring and fearless, alive with a fervor and an innate sense of duty and obligation for the greater good of his basketball teams. "The American guys had limousines lined up at the team hotel to get out of Indy as soon as they could," Buford said by phone from San Antonio this week. "The way the Argentines played, the passion they had for their national program, the way that they cared about each other, was something that was clearly missing with the U.S. program." Yahoo! Sports

August 3, 2012 Updates

During the 2006 World Championships in Japan, Argentina's power forward went up for a layup and was knocked off balance. His arms got trapped behind him. His mouth broke the fall. "My front teeth exploded," Scola said. The next day, Team Argentina returned to the scene. For a gag, Ginobili pretended to hunt for Scola's missing teeth. He couldn't believe what he discovered. "There were actually two holes in the floor where he landed," Ginobili said. "And the floor was scratched. I mean, that's a hard, coated floor. I've never seen anything like it. I had to take a picture of it. But he played that night." Arizona Republic

August 2, 2012 Updates

The 2014 world championships in Spain have been renamed the World Cup and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) appears poised to try and pattern the Olympic tournament after the football model with under-23 teams and three age exceptions, leaving fully-fledged national teams to battle in the World Cup. "If I think about it selfishly, I don't care. I am done, almost for sure. But it would be disappointing," said 35-year-old Ginobili, who is playing in his third Olympics after earning gold at the 2004 Athens Games and a bronze medal in Beijing. "But it would be disappointing. If I was 24 right now, I would be crying in the corner that I wouldn't have this opportunity in my life. "It's something that I wish every athlete can be part of because it's amazing. It's a wonderful experience and I'm so proud for having played in three of them. It is one of the highlights of my career." SBS

Argentina is optimistic that Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni, who missed Thursday's win over Tunisia with kidney stones, will be available for the remainder of the Olympics. "We've ruled out an infection and we confirmed he has little stones in his urinary tract," said Argentina team physician Dr. Diego Grippo. "He won't have to go through surgery as the stones will probably pass naturally. If that happens, he can play again (in the tournament)." Argentina plays the United States on Monday here in London. Sulia

Jared Zwerling: New #Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni is out against Tunisia due to renal colic (a type of abdominal pain commonly caused by kidney stones). Twitter

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.