San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives to the basket during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at AT&T Center. Photo bySoobum Im-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
MANILA, Philippines – It looks like Gilas Pilipinas won’t have to worry about playing against San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili when they battle world’s No. 3 Argentina in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has failed to get clearance from San Antonio for the FIBA Worlds as he still has to rest a stress fracture in his lower right fibula, according to a report by My San Antonio.
Ginobili was put on an eight-week recovery program for the injury, which was discovered during exit physicals after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.
The Spurs last played in the NBA on June 15, when they nabbed the NBA championship. The date, however, is too close to the start of the FIBA Worlds, which will be held from August 30 to September 14 in Spain.
Ginobili has been a mainstay of the Argentina basketball team since 1998, even before he joined the San Antonio Spurs.
But Gilas Pilipinas will still have to go up against Indiana Pacers’ Luis Scola, who is expected to play for Argentina in the FIBA Worlds.
Argentina is clustered together with the Philippines, Senegal, Puerto Rico, Greece and Croatia in Group B in the preliminaries.
Gilas will play against Argentina on September 1.
The Gilas pool is currently in Miami training with naturalized player Andray Blatche.