Facundo Campazzo Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Argentina’s @Facundo Campazzo, 25, hopes to make leap to NBA, starting with summer league. “I feel the time is right,” guard tells @The Vertical. Campazzo plays for @UCAMMurcia, on loan from Real Madrid. He had a strong 2016 Olympics w/ @ManuGinobili. Small, but skilled, tough-minded.
As for Campazzo, he has to make a decision next summer. He fared well against Olympic competition, averaging 15.8 points and 5.8 assists, and he competed favorably against NBA players. “He’s an NBA player, I believe,” Scola said. “He’s good for today’s NBA, the pace is very fast. He needs to work on some areas of his game, but he’s getting better year after year and I think it’s a matter of when he takes the chance to come here. It’s going to be difficult for him to come in a very good situation like a three-year guarantee — a good contract. It’s going to be more like, come in, earning a spot, making a team, getting into the rotation, proving you can play.
“There will be a lot of issues with his size, his body will always be against him, and he needs to come here and prove that it doesn’t matter, that he can play basketball. It’s a question of when he wants to make that step When is the time right? “The older you are, the more difficult it is,” Scola said. “When you’re younger, you’re by yourself, you move around, it doesn’t matter. You just grab a bag, go to a hotel and it’s fine. When you’re older, your margin of error is less and you don’t want to make a mistake. Family comes into play and kids come into play. You don’t have the same energy as when you’re in your early 20s.”
Ginobili, 39, left the court after Argentina was eliminated by Team USA in the quarterfinals with the game ball in hand and tears in his eyes. Scola wouldn’t say whether this Argentine squad will be turned over. The club does have a couple of rising players in 23-year-old swingman Patricio Garino, who signed with the Spurs, and 25-year-old point guard Facundo Campazzo, who told the Globe he would like to play in the NBA.
The U.S. men’s basketball team faces Argentina Friday night in the Olympics semifinals at North Greenwich Arena and bad blood still festers from Saturday’s showdown during which Anthony was belted in the groin by Argentina backup point guard Facundo Campazzo. Prigioni, battling a kidney stone that has weakened him, rested during that game, but stuck up for his countryman after Anthony — and Tyson Chandler — called Campazzo’s actions “a cheap shot.’’ “I don’t know, this is part of the game,’’ Prigioni told The Post.
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.”