The USA team will be playing some FIBA preliminary games this weekend to be covered on ESPN3. They might be picked up elsewhere as well, depending upon your cable/satellite/internet connections.
The first game on Saturday is against Lithuania. Their team includes former Spurs draft pick Robertas Javtokas. Having turned 30 while signing a new 3 year contract with the Valencia team, it could be that he's unlikely to ever join the Spurs. What with changes in the economy and contract options, who knows whether or not he might yet become a Spur. I am reminded though of when the focus was on Luis Scola and out of the blue the Spurs signed his 30 year old Argentinian teammate, Fabricio Oberto.
Sunday's game is against Spain, one of the tournament favorites with a stable of NBA stars. Next Wednesday will be a pre-tournament game against the team from Greece. Their center, Ioannis Bourousis, was supposedly offered a contract by the Spurs last year prior to re-signing in Europe. He has talked as though he might be interested in the NBA in the future. While unable to play in yesterday's game against Serbia, he nevertheless was hit over the head with a chair thrown by the Thunder's Nenad Krstic during a brawl.