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Old 08-06-09, 06:29 PM
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Parker's back in Europe -- so are the problems

Parker's back in Europe -- so are the problems
By Buck Harvey on Aug 6, 09 11:42 AM


Don't worry about a fractured relationship between Tony Parker and the Spurs' front office. Parker and R.C. Buford are scheduled to have dinner Friday night in France.

And don't worry about the French holding a grudge. Parker would have missed Wednesday's game against Italy anyway and, besides, Les Bleus won in overtime. For those who care about the details: Nicolas Batum, the athletic small forward the Spurs wanted in the 2008 draft, was a star.

But there is still a lot to worry about over there, and the NBA should worry, too. This is broken in a thousand ways, from the schedule to the lack of practice control to the arenas themselves.

France and Italy, for example, played in a gym on Sardinia because it's one of the few in the country with air conditioning. A year ago, when the climate control failed, the floor became slippery.

There's a lot of time to slip, too. If France qualifies and plays in the European Championships, Parker will have spent two months this summer with the national team. At least the French didn't begin as early as, say, Italy did. The Italians started training camp July 2 and could keep going until mid-September.

This is what happens when they mix in a home-away series with Finland. FIBA could streamline, but there's a resistance to accommodate the NBA.

There's no standard for practice schedules, from FIBA Asia to FIBA South America. If a national team wants to go through two-a-days, that's what happens. And if someone is hurt? No uniform system exists to determine how a player is cleared to play or gets rehab.

An extreme case: In the past, NBA officials were shocked when they observed the Chinese team and realized ice was not available for post-practice treatment.

All of which is why the Spurs insisted Parker fly trans-Atlantic. They wanted to make sure his injury was as minor as reported, and they didn't mind if he missed a few days of a long summer of basketball.

They likely wanted to send a statement, too. They will be involved, and they will control everything they can control.

The Spurs also see the other side of national teams: Ian Mahinmi joined the French team this week, and the Spurs are all for it. Mahinmi can use all the work he can get.

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Old 08-06-09, 06:45 PM
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I hope Mahinmi stays healthy. People around here have almost lost count of how many years ago he was drafted.
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Man, I wish we could just fast forward the clock to opening night and have everyone on the roster healthy!
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Old 08-06-09, 09:13 PM
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There's a reason to get this system in check. Too many instances of tweek injuries occur.

These "tweek" injuries (if not handled properly) turn into severe problems down the road.

I just read Vujacic "tweeked" his knee. The Lakers reportedly didn't know about it until later.

Lakers' Sasha Vujacic suffers 'minor' left knee injury but back practicing with Slovenian National team | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times

From what I have seen (read)...unless an NBA team is on top of the player's situation...many of the NT's won't volunteer information and/or will often try to disguise the severity of an injury.

And since there is not a "players" union regarding international play...many of these countries/clubs view these players as a money making venue more so than "pride" for their respective teams.

What would they care if X player is injured beyond ability to perform in the NBA as long as they get their end result?

Evident in that is the report that they can't even have standards in which the conditions they play.
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Old 08-07-09, 12:33 AM
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tear it UP Mahinmi!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-07-09, 03:54 AM
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And since there is not a "players" union regarding international play...many of these countries/clubs view these players as a money making venue more so than "pride" for their respective teams.
It is true that while the NBA CBA is quite hard when it comes to off season games, it is surprinsigly flexible for international competitions. Herewith a link to the CBA article on the NBPA site:
NBA Player's Association (see Section 3. Off-Season Basketball Events)

Normally all players should get for every offseason game:
1. the approval of his team
2. An insurance policy for the said game

However the international competition seams to be totally excluded, or maybe I just don't get the text completely. I'll be glad if someone can confirm:

"For purposes of this Section 3, off-season games in which an NBA player participates on behalf of his national basketball federation as part of an international FIBA competition (e.g., the Olympics and World Championships), and the preparatory Exhibition games in connection therewith, are excluded from the definition of “Basketball Event;” provided, however, that such exclusion shall not apply to any preparatory Exhibition game (other than games involving the U.S. national team) played and/or telecast in the United States. "

As for Mahinmi, he still can't even participate to trainings right now as he still hasn't contracted a specific insurance policy (source: l'equipe)
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I hope Mahinmi stays healthy. People around here have almost lost count of how many years ago he was drafted.
He was fabricated by the Spurs in the imagination of all Spurs fans in 2004, drafted by the our FO in 2005.
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