Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hernandez Names The Final 12 (including Manu)

Sergio Hernandez has named the final 12 players that will go to Beijing with a quest of defending the gold medal that we've won four years ago in Athens.

The good news is after plenty of speculations during the last month, it is confirm that Manu GINOBILI is fit to play. Manu has been a big uncertainty because of an ankle injury suffered with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA play-offs but he has been included on the final roster.

"I've been playing more frequently and improving well," Manu said. “The joint is doing well and that makes me happy."

"I see Manu, in every aspect, in excellent condition," HERNANDEZ said. "He seems more confident every time. He has improved so much from his injury that you see him really happy."

Manu says that no matter how good Argentina’s players are, they also need have some luck.

"Humility and sacrifice have always been keys to our national team," he said, "and for the Olympic Games we not only depend on our game, but also on the health of all of our players."

The final list of names also includes Antonio PORTA. A knee injury disrupted PORTA’s season at Spartak St Petersburg but the point guard appears to have recovered in time to play at the Athens Games.

As for the rest of the squad, all the usual suspects were in the team including Carlos DELFINO. He was finally able to focus on the Olympics after deciding to return to Europe to play for BC Khimki Moscow Region in Russia’s top flight.

More news and details on the team later but for now here are list of the final 12.

Pablo PRIGIONI, Antonio PORTA, Manu GINOBILI, Carlos DELFINO, Paolo QUINTEROS, Andres NOCIONI, Federico KAMMERICHS, Leonardo GUTIERREZ, Luis SCOLA, Fabricio OBERTO, Juan GUTIERREZ and Roman GONZALEZ.

7 comments:

Akash said...

Today Juan Martin del Potro won his second straight ATP Tour title by defeating Jurgen Melzer 6-2,6-1 in the Austrian Open final having already won the Mercedes cup last week. Also today Argentina won their second group match at the soccer beach world cup by defeating United Arab Emirates 5-2 . The goals were scored by Santiago Hilaire(1),Cesar Leguizamon(2) and Federico Hilaire(2)

Josh said...

I'm an American, and sorry, but every team is gonna get hammered by Team USA. It's a fact.

Tim said...

I'm a yankee too, but I bet you thought USA was going to dominate 4 years ago, didn't you?

Dark Joker said...

Guys,

This time Argentina will tremble in fear facing the USA. There is no way that Argentina can get pass the team which led by Kobe.

Argentina Angels pray that you will not cross path with these NBA Demons.

Vamos Argentina???

I dont think so......

John said...

Lets get something straight here. Nobody expects us to win the game which you Americans love dearly.

Of course there is always that expectation that your team must won every game in style.

So if we did it once, and that will be an achievement. Twice, now that's is milestone.

Come to think of it, we've done that already!!!

Now I have great respect for your team because regardless what the scoreline may say, you guys are still the best.

Akash said...

There is a big chance that Lionel Messi will miss the Olympics and the AFA have already decided that if Messi won't go than Marco Ruben will take his place in the Olympic squad.

Josh said...

wait, you forgot LeBron James and Dwight Howard