With the San Antonio Spurs’ roster being comprised of seven international players, here’s a quick update on the Spurs’ international players statuses with their national teams this summer, as a few are preparing for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in 36 days.
Preparing for the 2014 World Cup
Boris Diaw (France) – Diaw is currently in training camp with the French National team before they begin a schedule of nine exhibition games beginning on July 30 to August 24. All the friendlies will be held in different French cities with countries like Belgium, Australia, Finland, Greece, and a few more facing France in the matches.
Tiago Splitter (Brazil) – Splitter and Brazil are currently preparing for the World Cup by participating in the 2014 South American Championship in Isla Margarita, Venezuela. Brazil defeated Paraguay 73-56 Thursday in the opening game, but Splitter and many of Brazil’s stars didn’t play in the match. Brazil will face Ecuador and Argentina before the elimination rounds begin.
Manu Ginobili (Argentina) – Argentina is also in the 2014 South American Championship, but Ginobili hasn’t decided if he’ll play for Argentina in the World Cup, since he’s waiting on clearance from new test results on his stress fracture on his right leg, that are expected to be released today. There’s also a chance Ginobili and Argentina’s core players may sit out the World Cup, because of Thursday’s news of corruption that has been happening within the organization.
Working with the National Team
Cory Joseph (Canada) – Joseph is currently in Slovenia with the Canadian National team, as they have begun a slate of 11 games in Europe. In Canada’s first game Thursday, Joseph finished with 11 points (5-of-8 shooting), three rebounds, one assist, and four fouls in 22 minutes in his team’s 92-80 loss to Slovenia. Canada will not be heading to Spain in August because they failed to qualify for a spot in the World Cup last summer.
Taking the summer off
Tony Parker (France) – As was noted during the NBA season, Parker had already said he would be taking the summer off from the national team, after several deep playoff runs with the Spurs over the last three years, and in playing with the French National team each summer as well.
Marco Belinelli (Italy) – Italy didn’t qualify for the World Cup, but on the Italian National team’s website, Belinelli is not listed on the roster for the summer, likely meaning he’s taking the summer off as well to rest.
Patty Mills (Australia) – Mills wanted to play for Australia at the World Cup, but after undergoing surgery on a torn rotator-cuff he had endured all season, he isn’t expected to be ready to return to the court between January and March 2015.
The FIBA World Cup will take place in Spain from August 30 to September 14, in the case for the last two teams that will play in the Championship game. Though Aron Baynes was on the Spurs’ roster last season, he currently isn’t signed on the roster because he’s a free agent. Baynes is currently training with the Australian National team as they prepare for the World Cup as well.