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Old 07-25-14, 10:53 PM
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Manu Ginobili and the final stand against the Argentine Basketball Federation

Manu Ginobili and the final stand against the Argentine Basketball Federation
By Ben Rohrbach
8 hours ago
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Manu Ginobili is among a vocal group of players standing up to corruption in the Argentine Basketball Federation. (Getty Images)


With the foundation they've laid for the future of basketball in their country crumbling around them, the final chapter penned by the historic core of Argentina's national team may be its most important.

At the 2002 FIBA World Championships, an Argentine team featuring a 25-year-old Manu Ginobili, 23-year-old Andres Nocioni and 22-year-old Luis Scola handed the U.S. its first post-Dream Team international basketball defeat on the way to a silver medal. A cohesive and complementary bunch, they went on to win 2004 Olympic gold, creating the model to which even Team USA ultimately aspired.

In more than a decade since, basketball's popularity has grown immensely in Argentina, ultimately becoming the nation's second most prominent sport behind only soccer. Throughout, Ginobili, Nocioni and Scola remained, proudly wearing their white and blue jerseys on courts around the globe.

In their mid-30s now, entering what could very well be their last international competition as a trio, they should be leaving behind a legacy that lasts long after they're gone. But the widespread corruption that has poisoned many of the nation's government programs has apparently infected basketball, too.

According to reports translated from Spanish in the San Antonio Express-News and the great Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, the Argentine Basketball Federation has fallen roughly $20 million in debt and has at times forced national team members to train uninsured for free under less than ideal travel conditions.

Complaints from the Argentine players have since resulted in the ousting of ABA head Germán Vaccaro, but doubts about new president Daniel Zanni and the remaining board members reportedly persist.

As a result, Scola declared in a blunt interview with Argentine newspaper Clarín, "The crisis is more important than the World Cup. If I don't play, the horrendous management of the basketball association will be to blame." Soon afterwards, both Ginobili and Nocioni pledged their support on Twitter.

"The captain got angry and I’m great with that," Ginobili wrote. "Well said."

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Old 07-26-14, 09:39 AM
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Why is this titled "Manu Ginobili and the final stand against the Argentine Basketball Federation"?

There wouldn't be any issue at all unless Louis Scola took a stand. Let's give credit where credit is due all Manu did is say 'way to go captain'.
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Old 07-26-14, 03:22 PM
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no idea. ask this guy: Ben Rohrbach

If it was up to me then it would be titled Lord Scola tells ABF to shove it!!!

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Old 07-26-14, 04:11 PM
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no idea. ask this guy: Ben Rohrbach

If it was up to me then it would be titled Lord Scola tells ABF to shove it!!!

I definitely agree with the shove it part...... now the Lord Scola,,,,not so much
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