Ginobili, Scola, Nocioni picked to play in games in China

Updated: May 8, 2008, 7:13 PM ET
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- NBA stars Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni were selected for a preliminary 10-man roster to defend Argentina's basketball gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Coach Sergio Hernandez said Thursday that 12 players will eventually travel to Beijing to defend the title won in Athens four years ago.

Returning from that team are San Antonio Spurs teammates Ginobili and Oberto. But Hernandez left off Ruben Wolkowyski and Gabriel Fernandez from the gold-winning squad.

Hernandez expects Argentina's NBA standouts to lead the roster, drawing on the experience of the Toronto Raptors' Delfino, the Chicago Bulls' Nocioni and the Houston Rockets' Scola.

Others rounding out the initial list, which could still see changes, include Antonio Porta, Leonardo Gutierrez, Pablo Prigioni, Nicolas Gianella, and Federico Kammerichs. Two others are yet to be selected.


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