Campazzo spearheads Argentina's win over Venezuela, sends message to NBA teams

2022-07-01 06:34
Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Facundo Campazzo came up big for Argentina when most needed, helping his team get a narrow 69-66 win over Venezuela for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Americas Qualifiers.

The Denver Nuggets point guard, who's set to become a free agent, dominated the game at its crucial moments and totaled 29 points on 5/9 triples and 12/13 in free-throws, plus 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal and one block for a rating of 25.

With a three-pointer from their captain, who returned to his position smiling and shaking his head, visiting Argentina established a partial 21-0 and went on to be 60-53 up.

Facundo Campazzo

Facundo  Campazzo
Facundo  Campazzo
MIN: 17.35
PTS: 4.81 (44.41%)
REB: 1.74
As: 3.22
ST: 0.91
BL: 0.33
TO: 1
GM: 69

With such a performance and 13 points in the defining fourth quarter, the guard from Cordoba seemed to send a message to the NBA.

It’s almost common knowledge that the Denver Nuggets will finally part ways with him and Campazzo will soon be free to negotiate with any franchise. Real Madrid have not finished putting their squad together, hoping for a return. But that would imply a setback in the career of Campazzo, who has said more than once that he intends to continue in the best league in the world.

During his vacation in Cordoba, Facundo Campazzo decided to continue practicing accompanied by a technical specialist who worked in the NBA and with Argentine legend Luis Scola. The idea of ​​​​the former Real Madrid guard is to continue in the NBA and San Antonio Spurs sounds like a possible destination. But so far his next fate is uncertain.

In a blog posted on the Argentine newspaper La Nacion last April, Campazzo admitted that not being allocated much playing time has indeed taken a toll on him.

"The truth is that when I wasn't playing much I was more depressed, but honestly it's boring to be angry for so long, or to think about why I'm not playing. I'm super calm about the situation, I go to every practice with the aim of getting something positive out of it," he noted.

Carlos Delfino, the only Olympic champion who remains active and in the national team, played 17 minutes in Venezuela and scored three points. 


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