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Apparently Canada coach Leo Rautins had a few criticisms of FIBA and it’s tough to disagree with them.
Another issue Rautins brought up was the short period of time between games. There are four games in a day and they’re running on a tight schedule. Teams aren’t getting a lot of time to warm up before games.
It’s impossible to know whether or not that kind of thing had anything to do with the younger Rautins’ injury.
Leo Rautins also talked about the schedule: 12 games in 10 days. Rautins said that’s a big reason why a lot of pros skip the tourney. In Canada’s case, they’re without Steve Nash and Jamaal Magloire.
But Manu Ginobili and Fabricio Oberto aren’t playing for Argentina and Anderson Varejao is not playing for Brazil.
Makes perfect sense from here. If you’re going to have to play 10 games in 12 days you’ve got to have a bigger roster. … or, if you’re going to limit rosters to just a dozen guys, you can’t play 10 games in 12 days.