You’d think that boasting six NBA players on an Olympic squad would automatically count as a positive against a tough 2012 Games field – but today Team France discovers the down side of running with US-based players.
France-based Basket Actu and San Antonio Spurs blog Air Alamo are reporting this morning that, since Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo have just signed new contracts, certain insurance issues must be worked out before either can suit up for Les Blues. This means that both will miss the friendly match against Team Spain today.
Explained France national team director Patrick Beesley to media, “…From the moment a player is under contract, he is insured by the NBA in collaboration with [FIBA]. If he is not under contract, he is [insured by FIBA]. We hope to have an answer tonight.”