After a recent report citing a stress fracture revealed the San Antonio Spurs wouldn’t allow guard Manu Ginobili to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for his country Argentina, confirmation from Ginobili and the Argentine National team had been relatively quiet.
Thursday morning however, both the Argentine Basketball Confederation and Ginobili himself took to Twitter to announce Ginobili was ruled out of FIBA play:
San Antonio Spurs did not authorize, applying the clause of FIBA / NBA agreement “requirements and other limitations on the participation of NBA players with their national teams.” It states: “The NBA players are not allowed to participate with the national team when there is a reasonable medical concern that implies that such involvement may put the player in physical danger.”
Al final no voy a estar en España. Lo lamento mucho. No quería terminar así. Pronto explicaré cómo fue todo en mi columna en LN.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 31, 2014
Ginobili’s Argentine teammates Pablo Prigioni and Andres Nocioni also posted their thoughts on Twitter for Ginobili and some of their other teammates who will miss the tournament.
— Pablo Prigioni (@PPrigioni9) July 31, 2014
— Andrés Nocioni (@SoyElChapu) July 31, 2014
With Ginobili out, only Tiago Splitter (Brazil) and Boris Diaw (France) will represent their countries in the World Cup in Spain from the Spurs’ roster. The expectation is that with Ginobili sitting out the World Cup, it should give his stress fracture enough time to fully heal by the time the Spurs’ training came kicks off in October.