This title was quite easy and obvious to fill with the presence of 6-6 monster mismatch extraordinaire Hector Romero, fresh off an outstanding performance at the Las Vegas Summer League with the Portland Trailblazers. All that changed 9 seconds into a recent friendly with Argentina, where the heart and soul of their team Romero hit the deck and badly injured his elbow following a collision with Manu Ginobili. Romero is scheduled to be out for 3-4 weeks, meaning his participation in Japan is highly doubtful. With him, the Venezuelans had a chance to at least be competitive in most of their games, but without him its difficult to see them standing any type of chance against the strongest teams in their group. In addition, Venezuela will be missing starting guard Diego Guevara. Oscar Torres
, a 6-5 shooting guard who plays for Khimiki in the Russian league will be expected to shoulder most of the offensive load.