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Luca Vildoza
Position: G
Born: 08/11/95
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $3,500,000
Argentina, the winner of the 2004 Olympic tournament and the 2019 World Cup silver medalist, will begin the games in Tokyo against reigning world champion Spain, Luka Doncic’s Slovenia and host Japan in Group C. The top two teams from each of the three groups will automatically advance to the quarterfinals while two third-placed teams will also qualify based on ranking criteria. The full roster of Argentina is as follows: Point guards: Facundo Campazzo: 1.80 – 30 – Denver Nuggets. Nicolas Laprovittola: 1.88 – 31- free agent. Luca Vildoza: 1.89 – 25 – New York Knicks. Shooting guards: Nicolas Brussino: 2.05 – 27 – Granada. Leandro Bolmaro: 2.00 – 20 – Barcelona. Small Forwards: Gabriel Deck: 1.98 – 26 – Oklahoma City Thunder. Patricio Garino: 1.98 – 28 – free agent. Juan Pablo Vaulet: 1.99 – 25 – AEK Athens. Power forwards: Luis Scola: 2.07 – 41 – Varese. Centers: Marcos Delia: 2.09 – 29 – Trieste. Tayavek Gallizzi: 2.04 – 28 – Regatas Corrientes. Francisco Cáffaro: 2.14 – 21 – Virginia University.
After Argentina’s rough 108-80 exhibition loss to Team USA on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Vildoza talked for the first time about signing with the Knicks for the 2021-22 season. Vildoza scored just nine points Tuesday, going 3-for-8 (3-for-6 from 3-point range). Vildoza had some moments against the Americans, but not enough. “I’m really happy to be part of the historic team,’’ Vildoza said on Zoom when asked by The Post about signing with the Knicks and playing for coach Tom Thibodeau. “I’ve been saying this for the last two months. For me, it’s a dream since I was a child, I was dreaming of this day. When I got there, coach was there. I’ve been talking to him — one of the best coaches in the league. It’s so special. This is my chance to get here and get through to my dream.’’
Argentina and Team USA have something in common. The two teams each have lost to Nigeria and Australia in these Vegas exhibitions. “Luca is definitely ready for the NBA,’’ Argentine coach Sergio Hernandez told The Post in a Zoom call Monday after Argentina was routed 94-71 by Nigeria. “I know he didn’t play good [Saturday] and today. He didn’t have good games. So many people can say he’s not ready. But believe me, I was coach in the ACB (Spanish League last season) and I am his coach the last six years on the national team. I know him so much. He’s ready.”
On Monday against Nigeria, Vildoza shot 2-for-5 from 3-point land, finishing with eight points. He was a respectable minus-4 in the blowout. Nuggets point guard, Facundo Campazzo had a much rougher time of it (0-for-7, 0-for-4 from 3-point range). “[Vildoza] needs time to know the NBA concept, NBA rules’’ Hernandez said. “I’m sure he will play really well. It’s a great, great selection. When a player like him plays in the top league of Euroleague like Baskonia, that means he’s ready for the NBA. The only thing he needs is time. Because he’s young (25 years old). The Knicks will be really happy in the future with him.”
Though new signee Luca Vildoza of Argentina is out of quarantine in New York, the combo guard didn’t join the Knicks in Atlanta to cheer them on. Thibodeau didn’t indicate if Vildoza will even be in Tarrytown to practice with the club. “No, he hasn’t, not yet,’’ Thibodeau said of joining the club. “It’s for later in the summer.’’ The Knicks used the 15th roster spot for Vildoza when they could have signed a series of different free agents. The Knicks had two open roster spots after the trade deadline after shipping out Austin Rivers and Iggy Brazdeikis. Rivers is now a key contributor to Denver’s playoff run.