Despite being the most talented and perhaps the biggest title-contender at FIBA Americas, Argentina is the oldest team in the whole tournament.
“This is a tournament of 10 games in 12 days and we are not exactly the youngest team,” said San Antonio Spurs Manu Ginobili.
Ginobili expects Argentina to have fresh legs for the second part of the tournament, starting next Monday with the Quarterfinal group and the semifinals that give two Olympic spots.
After two comfortable wins , Ginobili expressed his happiness of having accumulated just 37 minutes in two games.
“Our youngest players are Juan Gutierrez, who is 27, and Carlos Delfino, 29.
For the time being we are fine because we took every chance we had to thrash our opposition,” added the Spurs player. “I’m happy to get rested and to avoid playing hard in the last minutes, which is something that consumes a team both physically and mentally.”
Houston Rockets’ Luis Scola gives experience the credit.
“Experience helps against minor teams,” said the 31-year old center.
Asked on how they managed to get easy wins Scola said Argentina have very intelligent players. He added
“We know that if we play seriously, we can be in better condition the following day.”
After a one day rest, Argentina will play against Puerto Rico on Friday and Panama on Saturday.