Venezuela To Miss NBA Guard Greivis Vasquez In The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

Greivis Vasquez will miss host country Venezuela’s campaign in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship due to an ankle injury.

Greivis Vasquez will miss host country Venezuela’s campaign in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship due to an ankle injury.

Venezuela is aching to perform well in front of their hometown crowd in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas Championships, but they will have to do it without one of their top players.

Greivis Vasquez, who plays for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, announced that he will miss the team’s campaign. The savvy point guard wanted to play for Venezuela badly, but his doctors advised him to rest due to his ailing ankle.

“My ankle is much better and Dr Richard Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction. He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level. I would like to play at the FIBA Americas Championship, it’s a desire that I feel in my heart, but at the same time I understand this is the correct decision I am sure that I will be an important player in the future of the national team of Venezuela,” Vasquez said in a statement.

Losing Vasquez will definitely be a huge blow for the host country, who are eyeing to finish within the top four to earn a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain next year.

Vasquez, who was recently traded to the Sacramento Kings, had a breakout year last NBA season, averaging 13.9 points to go along with nine assists in 78 regular-season games for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Forward Luis Bethelmy admitted that will have a tough road ahead of them, but he is confident that they will do well as long as they can utilize their speed to address their size issues.

“This team is going to be quick because we have problems on height. We need to leverage the speed of the eaves and also that everyone can run the floor. This is the year that I felt more motivated in the selection,” Bethelmy said.

Venezuela, who will be playing in Group B, will kick off their campaign against Mexico on Friday. The 2014 FIBA Americas Championship will run until September 11th in Caracas.

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