“It’s true we have many talented players but if you don’t supply talent with hard work it’s useless,” said Ginobili, an Olympic champion in Athens 2004. “Talent is not enough. How many talented teams have lost on the first days of competition in history?”
Ginobili said it was important to win by a big margin in order to have their key players rested for the rest of the tournament.
The third ranked in FIBA were clearly favored against number 76 in the world.
“The good thing about this game was that players such as Luis Scola, who is still recovering from an injury, didn’t have to play much and will be rested for next games, we know this kind of tournaments. You play eight games in 10 days, so it’s great that we were able to play not more than 22 minutes and Oberto and Delfino didn’t play at all while they recover from minor injuries” added Manu.
Based on their good results over the last ten years, Argentina are favorites to clinch one of the two spots for London Games.
Team Argentina will play Uruguay on Wednesday.