Sunday, September 02, 2007


Welcome news to hear for Raptors fans: Jorge Garbajosa's been cleared by the team to lace up for Spain at the EuroBasket (the Continent's Olympic qualifier).

This tournament's of interest to Canadian fans since any early exits by the top teams will make our national team's chances of getting an Olympic spot that much harder at the last-change tournament next summer. The Star's Doug Smith, though, has pointed out it's odds-on that the European teams will snap up all three spots, although that was written before Brazil's upset loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas.

José Calderón, of course, is playing the point for defending world champion Spain, Andrea Bargnani's on Italy and Rasho Nesterovič is playing for Slovenia. Carlos Delfino played huge for Argentina in that win over Brazil on Saturday... four assists also says a little about how he's going to be able to distribute.

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