Barbosa concerned over insurance issue

Jun 13, 2007 - 9:00 PM By Matias Greco Special to PA SportsTicker

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Ticker) - Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa is concerned he will be forced to sit out Brazil's campaign in the FIBA Americas Championship this summer as problems over his insurance remain.

According to Barbosa, the Brazilian Basketball Confederation has yet to contact the Suns to arrange his insurance and time is beginning to run out before the tournament tips off on August 22 in Las Vegas.

Barbosa has already been ruled out of the Pan-American Games after injuring his elbow while playing for the Suns in the NBA playoffs. The 24-year-old has undergone surgery and his insurance problems may prove irrelevant if he cannot prove his health before the FIBA America Championship tips off, but the issue is irritating him either way.

"The CBB haven't called the Suns nor me," he said. "They have just talked to my brother (Artur, Leandro's agent) and I'm a bit angry.

"I think it is time they contacted the team, but it hasn't occurred yet. I hoped the CBB would be quicker in their decisions."

Brazil has been drawn in Group B at the FIBA Americas Championship alongside the Virgin Islands, Canada, Venezuela and tournament hosts the United States.

The South American nation would be hard-pressed to advance out of group play without Barbosa, who averaged 18.1 points in 80 games with the Suns.

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