Team Argentina’s window of success in international basketball, mostly thanks to the work of the “golden generation” of Argentine basketball stars like Manu Ginobili, Carlos Delfino, Pablo Prigioni and Luis Scola, is closing quickly. In this iteration of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Argentines will be playing without Delfino and Ginobili. The loss of Ginobili especially hurts Argentina’s chance because he is the biggest star and best basketball player to come from that country.
Argentina did have a sustained run of success in international tournaments. It all started for Argentina with a runner up finish in the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Two years later, the Ginobili-led Argentinians won gold in Athens, beating Italy 84-69 in the final. It was after that win that the team’s stars were dubbed the golden generation by the ecstatic Argentine press. The team won bronze in the 2008 Olympics and finished in fourth place in the 2012 London games.
Argentina is in group B in the World Cup this year along with Puerto Rico, Croatia, the Phillippines, Sengal and Greece. Here is Argentina’s schedule for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Championships.
Puerto Rico vs. Argentina — Aug. 30
Argentina vs. Croatia — Aug. 31
Argentina vs. Philippines — Sept. 1
Sengal vs. Argentina — Sept. 3
Argentina vs. Greece — Sept. 4
The top four teams from group B advance into the bracket stages of the tournament. The dates for bracket play are listed here:
Round of 16 — Sept. 6-7
Quarterfinals — Sept. 9-10
Semifinals — Sept. 11-12
Bronze Medal Game — Sept. 13
Gold Medal Game — Sept. 14
Continue to the next slide for information about Argentina’s roster.