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Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out. NBCSports.com

August 23, 2013 Updates

Here, we see an outline of Varejao’s basketball life, filled with charm and narrated by the man himself. One particularly endearing bit (at the 1:56 mark): “In 2004, I was part of the NBA athlete selection process, the Draft. I’ll never forget the day I was selected. There was a camera filming who was chosen and when it came to the Lakers, the camera zoomed in my direction. It was one of the world’s biggest teams and my manager began to celebrate. I jumped up, kissed and hugged everyone, and then I saw that, in fact, it was the guy sitting behind me who had been chosen. What a cold shower!” The player who upstaged Varejao? Sasha Vujacic, who was selected by the Lakers at No. 27, only three spots ahead of Varejao. SI.com

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao recently came to the aid of two Brazilian travelers he had never met before who were left stranded at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The pair of Portuguese speaking travelers were the mother and brother of a Cleveland resident they had been in town visiting. According to a source close to the family, neither person spoke English and they were left stranded at the airport after their connecting flight to Miami had been canceled. Stepien Rules

On Monday, I connected with the Clevelander on Facebook to confirm. He also included the following update about his mother and the tall guy who helped her. "She didn't know his name. She only knew that he was a tall guy, with funny hair who plays basketball. She asked me to thank this guy for his patience and generosity! Well, this guy turned out to be Anderson Varejao!! Man you are awesome! Thank you so much for helping them!" As far as how helpful Varejao truly was, he added the following for context. "You have no idea how helpful he was. Imagine my mom who don't speak English and my brother who is mentally challenged totally lost at the airport. And this guy comes and helped them to find a new flight to MIA. Stepien Rules

July 12, 2013 Updates

Anderson Varejao, power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, asked to be excluded from the Brazilian national team that will play the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. Varejao argued that he is still recovering from a thigh injury in his right leg, which caused two clots that caused a pulmonary embolism. The player is undergoing physical therapy, muscle strengthening and physical conditioning to recover for the NBA season. FIBA Americas

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Point guard Raul Neto and big man Augusto Lima (pictured) each put in 14 points to lead an All-Star team in a blowout of the under-19 Serbian team. Neto did his damage as more of a scorer than a distributor, but it’s easy to see why he is a prospect teams will be keeping an eye on over the next year or two. His ability to create his own shot is to be valued, and he is able to cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor, as well. Lima was especially dominant on Day 2, after a less than inspired performance the first day. “I like to compare myself to Anderson Varejao,” Lima told me. “A lot of guys say that about me when we played together on the national team. I think in the future I’ll be able to be even more like him. I try to have more activity than him, but you know. He plays really hard. When I play with him on the international team I try to be like him, but he has much more experience so I’m not there yet.” NBCSports.com

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