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September 17, 2014 Updates

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September 11, 2014 Updates

The result could have some influence on Brazil's Olympic bid in 2016, when it will host the event in Rio. FIBA officials in Madrid confirmed to ESPN.com that Brazil has not yet been awarded a berth in its own Olympics with a proposal on the issue to be put before the governing body's board next spring. The team might have to qualify via next summer's FIBA Americas Championship. "It's very sad because we know we could have gone further but we didn't," Barbosa said. "We have a great team. Right now, we lost but we're still together. This was just a bad day." "If it's in our hands we will take this," Teodosic said. "We will not give it away. If we have a chance in the semifinal, we want to go on." ESPN.com

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The only member of the Wizards participating in the FIBA World Cup has been eliminated. Nenê and his Brazil squad were upset by Serbia, 84-56, in the quarterfinals Wednesday in Madrid. Brazil was viewed as the favorite after going 5-1 in the tournament and defeating Serbia in group play. The Brazilians played the part early and held a three-point lead late in the first half. But Serbia outscored Brazil 29-12 in the third quarter and never looked back. Nenê was limited to four points on 2 of 8 shooting and four rebounds in 19 minutes. He also blocked two shots. The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 6.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds in Brazil’s seven games. Washington Post

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France actually led by nine late in the first, but scored just 10 points on its final 20 possessions of the first half, as Brazil took a two-point lead into the break. The Brazilians led by as many as eight early in the fourth, but couldn’t put France away, because they couldn’t put together more than two straight scores. “The zone was back all the time,” said Tiago Splitter, who scored just six points on 2-for-5 shooting. “Nobody was getting easy shots. And our shooters didn’t have a good game outside. “ NBA.com

Huertas was basically the only guy who could get anything going offensively. He scored 11 of Brazil’s 19 points in the period, hitting a three off a Nene post-up, finding space around the foul line for a couple of runners against the sagging French defense, and sealed the game at the free-throw line in the final minute. “They were deep into the zone,” he said afterward, “so we could attack, either for a shot or to find the open man.” NBA.com

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The Larry O'Brien Trophy returned to South America this weekend when it visited Spurs center Tiago Splitter in his home country of Brazil. Making appearances in the cities of Rio and São Paulo, Larry reconnected with his friends from the neighboring continent. On Saturday, Larry joined Tiago at the Brazil vs. Argentina basketball game in Rio, a warmup for the upcoming World Championships. In front of thousands of fans and the NBA trophy, Tiago registered a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. While he was doing work on the court, Larry was doing his thing on the concourse, taking photos and selfies with fans. At halftime, Tiago was honored with the trophy in front of the sell-out crowd, who stood and applauded for the first Brazilian to ever win an NBA title. Also congratulating Tiago were his teammates as well as team members from Argentina. A great way to start off this trip! NBA.com

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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

May 30, 2014 Updates

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

May 20, 2014 Updates

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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