Basketball: Juan Toscano-Anderson will not be with Mexico in the World Cup

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the eave Juan Toscano-Andersonthe only Mexican NBA champion, was ruled out this Friday by Omar Quintero, coach of Mexico, for the Basketball World Cup to be held from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

Omar Quintero.

The strategist explained in a press conference.

The Mexican American who is going to be in the World Cup is Josh Ibarra. In addition to him, there will be Daniel Amigo, who thanks to the efforts of the federation is already considered a Mexican. So we will have our two centers.

With Ibarra's designation as the naturalized player on Mexico's roster, the possibility of having Toscano, who is a free agent looking for an NBA team, was erased.

Toscano-Anderson, a native of Oakland, but with a Mexican mother, had already given up the representative tricolor last March, to focus on his career in the NBA; Despite the announcement of the NBA champion in the 2021-2022 season with the Golden State Warriors, Quintero never closed the door on the former Los Angeles Lakers player.

I have a good relationship with Juan and I think it is an important moment for his career. I want to wish you the greatest success. We know he wants to focus on his next NBA deal and he's respectable. If he changes his mind, we'd have a rapprochement.

In addition to revealing the Mexican-American who will be part of the World Cup roster, Quintero announced the preparation matches that his team will have in Mexico, before traveling to the Asian event.

“This Saturday the concentration begins in Puebla, where we will play on July 14 against Cuba. Then on the 19th, in Mérida, and on the 22nd, in Torreón, we will also face Cuba. On July 26 we will go to Ciudad Juárez to face Colombia and on the 29th we will face them again in the farewell game that we wanted so much in Mexico City”, added the coach.

Mexico comes from getting the silver medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, where a roster with an average age of 24 years returned to the country to a podium in the men's basketball tournament since Barranquilla 2018.

(With information from EFE)

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