San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili has been officially named to the 2012 Argentinian Olympic squad. Manu and Argentina won the FIBA Americas tournament this past summer capturing gold earning a birth at the London games this summer.
Manu will be joined by fellow NBA players and countrymen Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino. Also making the team are Hernan Jasen, Pablo Prigioni, Leonardo Gutierrez and Juan Pedro Gutierrez.
Notably left off the preliminary list is former Spurs center Fabricio Oberto who is currently playing in Argentina to prepare for the London games but will more than likely be added to the roster at a later date.
Manu is still making his way back to the court after fracturing his hand earlier this season, but some Spurs fans may be a tad leery with him playing this summer.
Recall he played with Argentina this past summer, took time off after the FIBA Americas tournament and during the lockout, then fractured his hand, and once he comes back to the Spurs, he will be playing at a frenetic pace right when the stretch-run to the playoffs is in full effect during this shortened season.
Depending on how deep the Spurs go into the playoffs (keep in mind the playoffs were pushed back due to the lockout), he will then have to train with Argentina once the Spurs’ season is over, and again play this summer for Argentina in London, only to turn right back around and prepare for the 2012-2013 N.B.A. season.
Seems Manu’s health will be on the minds of not only Spurs fans but the coaching staff as well.