Soon-to-be ex-Wizard Fabricio Oberto has never been a major player on the domestic basketball scene, although he was a good complimentary piece in the Spurs’ 2007 title team. That said, he does has value as something of an elder statesman for Argentina’s national team. Fab is an important part of the Argentine big man rotation, and he’s been cleared by doctors to participate in the FIBA World Championships after concerns over the irregular heartbeat he was diagnosed with over a year ago.
Oberto, who turned 35 in March, had a
procedure one year ago to correct an irregular heartbeat and the doctor
responsible has done tests on the player and pronounced him fit and
ready to help Argentina. The veteran, who played this season for the Washington Wizards,
averaging over 11 minutes in 57 games, called Argentina coach Sergio
Hernandez to give him the good news.
“He told me and I was very happy,” Hernandez said. “I had been confident but it has confirmed the tranquility. Without Manu, we need as many players from the old hierarchy as possible. Fabricio has had no major injuries and is very well physically. He may be older but his experience, intelligence and mentality are very important. Oberto has been one of the best centers in FIBA competitions the last 10 years and I think Turkey is going to show that.”