Marc Stein: Barea, who turned 36 in June, has been determined to keep playing in the NBA since his Dallas release in December and could have a chance to catch on with an NBA team before the playoffs begin May 18 with Estudiantes’ season potentially ending before that
Per La Gazzetta Dello Sport and Pianeta Basket, Estudiantes will add Alessandro Gentile to the roster for the remainder of the season. Gentile spent the previous season with Virtus Bologna, averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. During the summer, the Italian forward was close to joining the Houston Rockets’ training camp, but the team decided not to include him in the roster.
It will be one of the last for Ginobili, who will go into the Hall of Fame as much for what he did for his nation as he did for the Spurs. The kid from Bahia Blanca is now a father with a bald spot, but whose passion for the game still comes out in every slap at the ball, every stepback three, every ballfake that leads to a driving layup. (This is must reading on Ginobili’s impact and legacy.) “It will continue,” Ginobili said. “How successful, it’s hard to guess what’s going to happen. We did some amazing things in the last 15 years. But, for sure, we have some tough competitors. Nicolas Laprovittola is another tough, hard-nosed player… Patricio Garino is just a great player. So, we just need a little size once Luis Scola retires. But I’m proud of my teammates. I know they’re going to keep playing the right way, and with a lot of heart.”