French National Team Obtains Insurance For NBA Players; Noah Awaiting Medical Clearance
The French national team has obtained insurance for Spurs guard Tony Parker, Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, Bobcats forward Boris Diaw, and Knicks center Ronny Turiaf.
All of the players on the French squad were given medical examinations at the INSEP in Paris last week, including Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has dual U.S. and French citizenship.
Undisclosed questions arose during Noah’s exam. France's basketball federation did not disclose the nature or cause of the problem, but said the injury was suffered toward the end of last season.
Noah struggled to regain his form after suffering a sprained right ankle on March 28 against Philadelphia.
He is rehabilitating the injury in Chicago with the goal of rejoining the French team prior to Eurobasket on August 31.
Suns forward Mickael Pietrus was ruled medically ineligible to play for France because of a previous wrist injury.