FIBA Europe reported, that Italian star Andrea Bargnani will not play for his country this season when the Azzurri attempt to qualify for [tag]EuroBasket 2009[/tag] in Poland.
National team coach Carlo Recalcati has given up on the seven-footer, with Bargnani facing a hard summer of training to prepare for his third NBA campaign with the Toronto Raptors.
Bargnani is not the only one who choses the league games or even a free summer over his national team. Tony Parker will also not play for France and even superstar Sandrine Gruda announced that the prefers to play in the WNBA this season than working out with the women’s French national team.
Of course there are also players that do the exact opposite: Dirk Nowitzki will play for Germany this summer, to get the ticket for the Olympics and Australian superstar Penny Taylor even said “NO” to the WNBA this summer in favor of working out with her national team.
Sometimes I really wonder what their motivations are, since it is not that obvious what to do, right?