Barbosa undecided on Olympic qualifiers
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
Leandro Barbosa had a visitor following Sunday’s game asking him a question he can’t quite answer yet.
Ruben Magnano, the head coach of the Brazilian national basketball team was in the crowd for Sunday’s loss to Charlotte.
It was the final stop of an NBA tour for the Argentine who was hoping to get commitments from the NBA players on the national team roster.
Barbosa, reluctantly, could not give Magnano a commitment for a couple of reasons.
First, the Raptors guard has to decide whether to have surgery on his damaged right wrist that he has been playing through. He’ll make that decision after further consultation with team doctors but if he opts for the surgery he would be out of action for four months meaning the Olympic qualifier this summer in Argentina would not be possible.
But Barbosa, as well as every NBA player, also has to consider what to do in the event of an NBA lockout which could begin as early as July 1. There are already rumblings that if a lockout does occur, any NBA player who elects to play internationally may do so without the normal insurance protection provided by the league.
Barbosa was Magnano’s final visit after meeting with San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter, Denver’s Nene and Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao.