Garbajosa not about to give up

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

LAS VEGAS -- Jorge Garbajosa has not yet given up on the idea of playing for Spain in the upcoming European Olympic qualifier despite being ruled out by the Toronto Raptors.

Garbajosa made it known in a statement released Friday that he was diligently attempting to obtain insurance to cover his NBA contract with the Raptors and allow him to play for Spain at EuroBask.

"We are aware of Toronto's interest in preserving my physical condition like they are aware of my firm desire to participate with my team in EuroBask as long as my physical condition allows it," Garbajosa said in his statement.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo, who is in Las Vegas taking in the FIBA Americas Championship this weekend, is well aware of the latest developments.

"I'm not commenting on Garbo's situation any more than we already have. As we've said, we are discussing both surgical and non-surgical approaches to his eventual return to basketball. Again, he feels ready to play, he looks ready to play, but the clinical findings suggest otherwise."

Garbajosa broke his fibula and tore an ankle ligament in a nasty fall last March.

TURNING HEADS

Canadian forward Olu Famutimi picked a good game to have his strongest showing in the tournament thus far.

Famutimi had a game-high 17 points against the U.S. yesterday. His performance, which was televised throughout the U.S. and Canada, had commentators suggesting someone in the NBA should give him a look.

Presently, Famutimi is playing in the NBA development league with the Arkansas RimRockers.

Rather than being intimidated by the NBA cast he was facing, head coach Leo Rautins said Famutimi raised the level of his game.

"He's not afraid of much," Rautins said. "Guys getting up in his face really doesn't bother him. As a matter of fact he did some things today that I've been asking him to do against the other teams: Bring the ball to the basket, be aggressive, and go to the rim."


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