With the San Antonio Spurs currently in the offseason, guard Cory Joseph, forward Boris Diaw, and center Tiago Splitter are all participating in FIBA exhibition play, as Diaw (France) and Splitter (Brazil) are preparing for the 2014 FIBA World Cup later this month, while Joseph and Canada are trying to gain as much experience as they can in the friendly matches.
Sunday, Joseph led Canada with 19 points, four rebounds, and three assists in a 72-66 victory over Turkey. Joseph played 33 minutes in the match, while shooting 9-of-13 from the floor, but he also had four turnovers. Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre also helped Canada with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Turkey in their loss. Joseph also scored 19 points recently in a Canadian loss to Spain.
France suffered an exhibition loss to Serbia 79-69 Sunday, but Diaw did not participate in the match, which likely means his insurance issue with his new NBA contract is still unresolved. Splitter and Brazil are also preparing for the World Cup, but Brazil did not participate in an exhibition match Sunday.
Though he’s currently a restricted free agent and not on the Spurs’ roster, former center Aron Baynes scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds, tallied two assists, and turned the ball over four times in 23 minutes, in Australia’s 75-60 victory over Ukraine Sunday.