Pablo Prigioni isn’t even the Jason Kidd of Argentina so to think the 35 year old rookie can suddenly morph into the 39 year old future Hall of Fame point guard is asking for a bit much.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni got a rude awakening on his return to the Euroleague after eight seasons in the NBA when holders Olympiakos Piraues beat his Spanish side Caja Laboral 85-81 in the opening round of matches. Nocioni, who joined the Bulls in 2004 after winning the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Athens Games, was guilty of an astonishing miss with the clock ticking in the final minute of a tense contest. The lead changed hands several times and with 22 seconds left, Nocioni missed an easy layup with Caja Laboral trailing by four points. …
Courtesy of Pablo PrigioniNew Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni fell in love with antique cars as a kid growing up in Argentina.
If you catch a 1962 or ’64 Ford Falcon heading from White Plains down the West Side Highway to Madison Square Garden this upcoming season, that could be new Knick Pablo Prigioni behind the wheel.
That ride is next on the point guard’s wish list, one that started when he was a kid growing up in Córdoba, Argentina. That’s where he fell in love with antique cars after he helped his father restore an old truck from 1960, the IKA Estanciera.
The NBA during the regular season, as we know, has often become a friendly game of intense pick up particularly in transition. Stars often let stars do their thing for the sake of great highlights with the intent of getting the ball and going back the other way. This, of course, changes with the magnitude of the game.
Having watched the Olympics it was clear that teams, specifically Argentina and Spain, assigned their guards to jump and defend the outlet pass and give fouls on Team USA guards in the backcourt thus forcing whistles and limiting transition baskets.
The Knicks should apply this strategy against the Miami heat and it’s an assignment that should be given to Pablo Prigioni.
Prigioni isn’t a member of the star fraternity so it should start there, but it also should be the job of Ray Felton, Brewer and Iman Shumpert when he returns. Limiting transition baskets is critical to game flow and also frustrates a team that wants to get out an run. In Miami’s case it’s an absolutely critical part of their offense seeing the struggle often in half court sets. It would also behoove the Knicks to try this strategy against teams like the Celtics as well. Heck, why not the whole league.
People talk about defense and they talk about the no lay up/dunk rule in the half court. But there is a way to limit this in transition as well.
And it starts with fouling the outlet guard off a missed basket. Find him and foul him in the back court.
NBA-bound Alexey Shved scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to power Russia over Argentina 81-77 on Sunday to win the Olympic men’s basketball bronze medal game.
LONDON (AP) — Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue playing for Argentina after these Olympics.
After scoring 17 points in a rout over Australia on Wednesday, Melo dropped in 18 on Friday in another blowout — this time against Argentina.
Before the game, Argentina guard and NBA All-Star Manu Ginobili basically noted the game was over. He said, “The odds are against us. We have a 10 percent or even a five percent chance of winning, but we are going to fight for this.
International basketball can be a graceful exhibition of contrasting styles, a competition of national identities that have been crafted over decades. Spain plays a game predicated on finesse and marksmanship. Russia deploys its versatile, deceptive defense and a series of rip screens, late pick-and-roll options and back cuts to manufacture points. The two teams kicked things off in Friday’s semifinals, with the United States and Argentina to follow.