Nicolas Laprovittola Rumors
Manu Ginobili will be joined by two fellow Argentines in training camp with the Spurs adding 23-year-old swingman Patricio Garino and 26-year-old guard Nicolas Laprovittola. The latter, who played with Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania and Estudiantes of Spain last season, recently discussed how this opportunity with San Antonio came to be with https://t.co/k09yah3O3U. “During the Olympic Games, I was under the impression I could have a tryout in the NBA,” Laprovittola said. “After Rio, I got away a bit but the chance with the Spurs came up. It was perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I took it even if it involved putting European options on the side, but I wanted to take advantage of it. I have nothing guaranteed, I come for a tryout but that’s what I decided and I’m looking forward to it.”
“We only saw Popovich the first day I went to a shootarund with (Patricio Garino). Everything is new and surprising. I’m getting acquainted with this new world and want to know everything about it because I want to stay.”
The Spurs will have three Argentineans at training camp after the agent for Nicolas Laprovittola announced Friday his client will join fellow Rio Olympians Manu Ginobili and Patricio Garino. Agent Carlos Prunes said via Twitter that Laprovittola “will participate in the preseason of the Spurs” and is scheduled to travel with Garino to San Antonio this weekend. Laprovittola, 26, is a 6-foot-4 point guard who most recently played professionally for the Spanish club CB Estudiantes. He’s expected to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster spot with the Spurs.
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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.”