DALLAS -- I’m not understanding why Rudy Fernandez is “trapped’’ in Spain with visa issues that has prevented him from returning to the United States and joining the Dallas Mavericks’ training camp.
The Mavs acquired Fernandez in a trade with Portland last June. Since then, Fernandez traveled to his home country of Spain to play for Real Madrid.
But when the NBA lockout ended, suddenly Fernandez can’t get out of Spain because of visa problems.
I remember my travels to Europe. I gave customs my passport when I left the United States, and I gave customs my passport when I left Europe.
What’s the problem?
The more camp time Fernandez misses, the more he's getting behind in learning the plays with his new team. He's also missing valuable time that could hamper how much court time he sees this season.
Especially since the Mavs have players such as Jason Terry, Vince Carter, Lamar Odom, Corey Brewer, Shawn Marion and Dominique Jones who play the two-guard and/or small forward positions that Fernandez plays.
Oh yeah. When he was with Portland, Fernandez moaned about playing time and threaten to return to play ball in Spain.
-- Dwain Price
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