Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 8/1/13
According to the French website Franceinfo.fr, San Antonio Spurs guard Nando De Colo was withheld from practicing with the French national team Thursday due to an undisclosed injury. However, De Colo is still expected to play in France's first exhibition game on Friday against Finland. While the first warm-up match at Eurobasket 2013 is scheduled on Friday, Nando De Colo remained in care on Thursday, according to AFP. [T]he nature of the injury has not been revealed by the French team's staff. This setback should not prevent him from participating in the (exhibition) game against Finland. Though it's just presumably a minor injury for De Colo, it's a reminder that with seven Spurs players about to begin playing international basketball to represent their countries, there's always the risk of injury just before a new season in the NBA begins. Livio Jean-Charles, the Spurs' first round pick of the 2013 NBA draft, recently injured his knee in FIBA play and will miss up to six months. The Spurs will have to be aware of half their roster (7-of-14 players) taking part in FIBA play in the next two months as Tony Parker and Boris Diaw are also playing with France in the Eurobasket, while Marco Belinelli will play with Italy. Patty Mills and Aron Baynes will be representing Australia in the FIBA Oceania tournament while Cory Joseph will be playing for Canada down south in the FIBA Americas tournament. Minor injury or not, this may not sit well with Spurs fans who feel international players should rest up in the offseason over putting their bodies through more rigors the month before training camp is to begin. Still, there is the other side of the coin where fans can see why the Spurs' foreign players take pride in representing their home country. So where do you fall Spurs fans? Do you agree with these players suiting up in the offseason or not?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker