Mexico will face Brazil without Juan Toscano; the new Lakers player has chosen to return to the United States
The Mexican basketball team will face their important match against Brazil in the FIBA windows on Monday, without their star striker Juan Toscano-Anderson.
The Los Angeles Lakers player, who participated last Thursday in the Mexican team’s loss against Colombia, has chosen to join the training of his new team in the NBA, informed the federal entity.
🕠 5:30 p.m. (downtown time)
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— Mexico Basketball (@mexbasquet) August 29, 2022
Mexico currently hold a 4-3 record, similar to Puerto Rico and Uruguay in Group F of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
A loss to Brazil would see the winner, also on Monday, between the Puerto Ricans and the Charrúas, single-handedly occupy third place in the group. The top three from each group and the best fourth qualify for the World Cup.
The United States leads Group F with a 6-1 record, followed by Brazil at 5-2. Group E, meanwhile, is led by undefeated Canada at 7-0.
Toscano, fresh from winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors, averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 73 games in 2021-22.
Besides Toscano, Álex Pérez also left the national team. Instead of both, Santiago Ochoa and Daniel Amigo arrive.
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