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Moments after the San Antonio Spurs came off the barges at the Riverwalk, from their championship parade Wednesday, Spurs center Tiago Splitter and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard spoke with the media. In Splitter and Leonard’s media sessions, both players confirmed to Project Spurs, they plan on representing their countries in FIBA play this summer. “Yes, I will,” confirmed Splitter of playing for Brazil at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this August. “Yeah, that’s the plan,” said Leonard of trying to make the roster for Team USA in Las Vegas this summer. “Right now, I’m just going to rest and take it slow. But when that time comes, I’ll be ready.” ProjectSpurs.com

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Tiago Splitter: Q dia!! Brasil ganhou, Spurs ganhou!! Vamo q vamo!!! What a day!! Brazil won, we won, lets keep going!!! http://t.co/k4CTiX3qaE Twitter @tiagosplitter

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The Orlando Magic are in advanced talks to host a preseason game this October against a Brazilian professional team at Amway Center, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. If the matchup is finalized, as expected, the exhibition game could enhance the Magic’s fan base in Brazil. Orlando Sentinel

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If healthy – or if relatively close – Nene has always made it a priority to play for his national team and that will be the case this summer when the 6-foot-11 big man will play for Brazil in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. “I have a responsibility and until God tell me to stop – and I know one day, he will say that – I can’t change my plan,” said Nene, who grew up in Sao Carlos. “I have responsibility. I have a lot of children who look for me, so I need to do the right thing.” Washington Post

The 31-year-old Nene only played 53 games this season, with injuries to his right Achilles’ tendon and left knee causing him to miss at least 20 games for the third consecutive season. Unlike those other campaigns, Nene enters the offseason with no serious ailments after helping the Wizards go on their deepest postseason run in nine years. “There is a lot of physical, a lot of pound, you never know how your body is going to feel tomorrow, but you always try to do your best,” Nene said. “Injuries are part of this business in this position. Sometimes they say, ‘Man, you been injured a lot.’ For sure, it’s a shock. It’s a shock sport. Some things happen.” Washington Post

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