San Antonio Spurs big man Boris Diaw burst onto the NBA scene last year during the team’s championship run. The 11-year veteran was on his fourth NBA squad, and was easily playing the best basketball of his career.
Not only was Diaw helping the Spurs win crucial games, he was lighting up the stat sheet with incredible assists, shots, rebounds and defensive plays. Diaw’s unbelievable rise to the starting lineup ultimately led the Spurs to re-sign the Frenchman this offseason to a three-year $22 million deal.
Now that the NBA season is over, Diaw wants to continue playing for his national team in the upcoming FIBA World Cup. According to reports, the only thing stopping Diaw from joining the French team was a lack of insurance. In fact, Diaw was forced to sit out an exhibition game this past week due to the insurance issue.
Apparently the issue has been resolved, according to pro basketball talk, as Diaw will now join his team to play in three exhibition games before the tournament starts later this month.
Diaw will be the captain of the French squad, and his most recent play in the NBA gives him that right solely and deservedly. Diaw’s Spurs teammate and fellow Frenchman, Tony Parker will not join the team to play in the World Cup as he will be resting during the offseason.
Diaw and France will hope to upset both the Unites States and Spain in order to win the FIBA World Cup. While it will be a tough task, the French team is ready for the challenge spearheaded by their captain Boris Diaw.