Former Spur Oberto to play in Olympic qualifier

Former San Antonio Spurs center Fabricio Oberto has been medically cleared to play in the 2011 World Championships that will be held from late August to early September. The news of Oberto’s clearance comes from the South American site Clarin.com.FO

The entire article was written in Spanish so I used a translator tool to transcribe the text into English. 

The pivot 36 Cordoba announced that the heart condition that forced him to retire last November was overcome. And was made available to the technician Julio Lamas, who is considered for the Olympic qualifiers Mar del Plata.

The pivot Cordoba said in a statement that his main goal will be to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers to be played in Mar del Plata between August 30 and September 11 and classifies two selections for 2012.

For both selection Julio Lamas, still not sure if it will have its NBA players, to Oberto, this is great news.

Oberto retired after only playing five games with the Portland Trail Blazers this previous season due to a major heart condition. Spurs fans remember Oberto well for his seasons with the team from 2005 to 2009. Oberto won an NBA Championship with the Spurs in 2007 and an Olympic Gold Medal in 2004 for Argentina.

Alongside Oberto for both of those victories was Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. As Argentinean coach Julio Lamas reiterated, he isn’t sure which NBA players, Ginobili and Luis Scola especially, will be able to play in the World Championships due to the on going issue with the International Insurance policy for foreign players.  

(Photo: MinutoCorrientes.com.ar) 

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