Argentina will insure Manu, Scola in time for the FIBA Americas

As reported by Miguel Romano of, the Argentine Basketball Confederation will insure their NBA stars just in time for the FIBA Americas Championship.

Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola will lead Argentina at the FIBA Americas.

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.

 Tiago Splitter and Tony Parker have been insured to play for their respective home countries and Ginobili could be the next one to obtain insurance.

Cory Joseph is also expected to play for Team Canada.

6 thoughts on “Argentina will insure Manu, Scola in time for the FIBA Americas

  1. France and Argentina are really serious about this Olympic qualifiers. There is a good chance these teams will meet in London at the 2012 Olympics.

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      (Scout Report) Hard nosed Combo has a nice mid-range arsenal with stop-n-pop jumper, he is very adepted at squaring his man up and pulling the trigger or using his blow by speed to attack off dribble.

      Outlook: I am very impressed with his scoring ability, play making and ability to get stops on defense, he has the makings of a guard that can be trusted for productive minutes and high in playing rotation for a pro team, very equiped for overseas or semi-pro circuit.

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      Lorenzo McClelland

      Class: Senior
      Rochester College: #31
      Hometown: Oak Park, Mich.
      High School: Oak Park (Mott CC)
      Height / Weight: 5-11 / 161
      Position: G
      Birthdate: 05/08/1987
      Experience: 1L

      2007-08: One of two Warriors to start all 26 games … was WSU’s leading scorer in the first two contests with 22 points against Marygrove and 26 vs.
      SIUE to earn GLIAC South Division Player of the Week honors … scored 48 points in the two wins and shot 60.6 percent (20-33) from the floor … was 10-16 against the Mustangs with four assists … made 10-of-17 vs. the Cougars and had seven steals … recorded 16 points, six rebounds and four assists in win over Tiffin … had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win over California … had a career-high six assists and 14 points at Central State … recorded 10 points and five assists at Tiffin and 13 points vs. Northwood … scored in double figures for the eighth straight game with 15 points and six assists against Ashland … tallied 11 points vs. Wisconsin-Parkside and 10 against Shawnee State … scored 13 points at Findlay … had a season-high two blocks at Ferris State … equaled a season-best with 10 field goals made vs. LSSU … had 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Lakers … grabbed six rebounds vs. Gannon … had five rebounds, three assists and two steals vs.
      Mercyhurst … scored 14 points vs. Findlay … recorded a team-high 16 points at Hillsdale … scored 11 points at Mercyhurst … had five rebounds at California (Pa.). … grabbed nine rebounds in win over Hillsdale … led the team in minutes played (893) and assists (65) … was 10th in the GLIAC in steals per game (1.62) and eighth in minutes played … Game-By-Game Stats.

      Season Highs
      Pts. 26 vs. SIUE, 11/17
      FGM 10-3x MR vs. Lake Superior, 01/12
      3FG 1 vs. California (Pa.), 11/24
      FTM 6 vs. SIUE, 11/17
      Reb. 9-2x MR vs. Hillsdale, 02/23
      Ast. 6-2x MR vs. Ashland, 12/08
      Stl. 7 vs. SIUE, 11/17
      Min. 42 vs. California (Pa.), 11/24

      2006-07: Played for Mott Community College and coach Steve Schmidt …helped the Bears to an 18-0 Michigan Community College Athletic Association
      (MCCAA) mark and the NJCAA Division II National title with a 35-3 overall record … shot 62 percent from the floor. 2005-06: Played for Mott C.C. … helped Mott to the MCCAA title and sixth-place national ranking … played in 30 games and recorded 55 assists,134 points and 74 rebounds.
      High School: A 2005 graduate of Oak Park High School … earned four varsity letters for the Knights and coach Al Kattola as a point guard … was an Honorable Mention Associated Press Class A All-State selection … scored 22 points in the 2005 district championship game win over Southfield-Lathrup … recorded 38 points versus Waterford Kettering as a junior … served as a basketball team captain … also earned two letters in cross country …
      was on the school honor roll every term.

      Personal: Full name–Lorenzo L. McClelland … born May 8, 1987, in Oak Park … son of Larry and Gloria McClelland … has an older brother, Craig Thames, and an older sister Priscilla … brother played basketball at Toledo (1992-96), while sister played softball at Howard … is an accounting major … named to the Coach’s Honor Roll (term gpa
      3.0-3.49) for Fall 2007.

      Lorenzo McClelland’s Career Statistics
      Year GP Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-3FGA Pct FT-FTA
      Pct Rebs Asst-TO Blk-Stl Pts/PPG
      2005-06* 30 NA 59-142 .415 1-2 .500 15-27
      .556 74 55-NA NA-35 134/4.5
      2006-07* 32 NA 103-166 .620 1-1 1.000 36-56
      .643 108 90-NA NA-61 243/7.6
      2007-08 26/26 893/34.3 114-279 .409 1-15 .067 50-67
      .746 45-75-120 65-66 7-42 279/10.7

  2. If this insurance issue is resolved in time, it looks like Argentina will have a sure ticket to the London Olympics in 2012.

  3. This is great news for Argentina! As a Spurs fan we can only hope that all our international players stays sharp and healthy in all the tournaments they’ll be playing for.

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