SAO PAULO (Olympics) – Brazil coach Ruben Magnano is leaving no stone unturned to make sure he takes as strong a squad as possible to the London Games.
The veteran tactician has been watching potential national team players in the domestic competition, the NBB.
"The date of the squad announcement has not yet been defined but the beginning of the training (camp) must begin in early June," he said.
San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter, Barcelona guard Marcelo Huertas and several others would appear to be locks for the Olympic squad but Magnano said: "Twelve spots are open to the Olympics and every good player who wants to defend Brazil in the Olympics has a chance of being called up and competing for a place.”
Magnano will be in Franca this weekend to watch the NBB All-Star game, a clash between the top Brazilians in the competition and a team of foreign players on the books of NBB clubs.
The Argentinian coach steered Brazil to its first Olympic qualification in 16 years when leading them into the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship Final.
He led Argentina’s national team to silver at the 2002 World Championship and gold two years later at the Athens Olympics.