FIBA.com reports from Venezuela that new Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez has been cleared to train after offseason ankle surgery. But despite the quick recovery, he still will not be able to play in this month's 2013 FIBA Americas tournament. Teams are playing for a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Without Vasquez, Venezuela has a tough road given the presence of Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Canada. (The United States has already qualified.)
Here are Vasquez's quotes:
"My ankle is much better and Dr (Richard) Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction," he said.
"He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level."
Vasquez played almost 2,700 minutes for New Orleans last season.