Saturday, June 30, 2007

FIBA Americas: PEPE won't play for Argentina

The nightmare for Sergio HERNANDEZ goes on and on and on. Argentina's basketball team manager knew he won't have Emanuel GINOBILI, Andrés NOCIONI, Fabricio OBERTO, Walter HERRMANN, but now Juan Ignacio Pepe SANCHEZ becomes the latest absentee for the FIBA Americas tournament that will be played in Las Vegas from August 22 until September 2, 2007, which will hurt Argentina's chances, risking the defending-champions participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

This decision by Pepe, leaves Luis SCOLA as the only starter from the last World Championship that will play in this crucial Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

"If I rest now, then it is possible that I'll be able to play some more in the future" said the 30-year old point guard that was the best Argentine player in the last World Championship.

Pablo PRIGIONI will now take on the starting role as Argentina will try and make up for the very important absences that will suffer.

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