As reported by Miguel Romano of canchallena.com, the Argentine Basketball Confederation will insure their NBA stars just in time for the FIBA Americas Championship.
That means, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, along with fellow NBA players, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino, will be able to play for Argentina in next month’s tournament:
“Somehow we’re going to solve and the NBA will have it safe to play in the selection.”
The expected statement was delivered by Germain Vaccaro, president of the Argentina Basketball Confederation (CABB), which for several days in constant negotiations with different companies to get together over half a million dollars and to address policies that Argentine stars need to participate in the Pre-Olympic training at Mar del Plata, which begins on August 30.
According to accounts, the Confederation would pay $ 543,283 for Scola, Delfino, Ginobili and Nocioni, to which must be added the insurance of the other players, including some also high, such as Pablo Prigioni and Hernan Jasen, working in Spain.
This is good news for Argentina and Ginobili, who is thrilled by the opportunity to help his national team to qualify for the London Olympic games in 2012.
With the NBA lockout still in place, a lot of Spurs players will be playing this summer at pre-Olympic qualifiers.
Cory Joseph is also expected to play for Team Canada.