Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NBA Starts Today


A total of 16 Latin American players began their presence in the season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), which opens tonight with three games in the regular schedule.

Argentina has the largest number of athletes to teams in the league, led by Manu Ginobili (San Antonio), Andres Nocioni (Philadelphia), Carlos Delfino (Milwaukee) and Luis Scola (Houston).

Brazil also exports four players. They are Leandro Barbosa (Toronto), Nene Hilario (Denver), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland) and Tiago Splitter (San Antonio).

Puerto Rico has three representatives in Carlos Arroyo (Miami), Jose Juan Barea (Dallas) and Renaldo Balkman (Denver).

Dominican Republic provides three basketball players, led by Al Horford (Atlanta), Francisco Garcia (Sacramento) and Charlie Villanueva (Detroit).

Mexico joins Eduardo Najera (Charlotte) and rookie Venezuela Greivis Vasquez (Memphis).

This group of talented players join a number of other Spanish-speaking, and representing Spain, such as Pau Gasol (Lakers), Jose Calderon (Toronto), Rudy Fernandez (Portland) and Marc Gasol (Memphis).

The official opening match will be the Miami Heat visit the home of the Celtics at 7:30 pm at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Play tonight, too, Phoenix at Portland at 10:00 past the meridian and the Houston Rockets traveled to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers champions from 10:30 pm.

The major figures to follow, as in recent years, will Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, Gilbert Arenas, Amare Stoudemire and the No. 1 pick in the last NBA draft, The Washington Wizards guard, John Wall.

A season long wait for the top prizes at the end of the regular season, after which they are selected the MVP, Sixth Man, More Progress, Defensive Player, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.

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