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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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The pivot Nene Hilario officiated his request for waiver of the Brazilian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, from August 30 to September 11. According to the report of the orthopedic surgeon and chief medical officer of the Washington Wizards, Dr. Marc Connell, the player is recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot and problems in his right knee that prevent him from returning to train before the end September. FIBA Americas Tournament

Brazil will have plenty of talent and experience when they compete at the FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Caracas. For the first time in a very long time, however, veteran center Tiago Splitter will not be with the team. The San Antonio Spurs star, who made his Olympic debut last summer and helped the national side reach the Quarter-Finals, has sent a letter to Brazil Basketball Confederation President Carlos Nunes and Secretary General Edio Jose Alves explaining the need to withdraw from this year's group. FIBA Americas

Splitter cites a "physical recovery program" he has to undertake after a grueling campaign that ended last month with a Game 7 defeat to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The 2.11m pivot, who is expected to sign a new four-year deal worth $36million with the Spurs, says he also must concentrate on contract negotiations. Splitter finished his letter by saying: "I make myself available for future call-ups." FIBA Americas

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The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Queens native told SNY.tv on Monday evening that he is unlikely to play for Brazil this summer at the FIBA Americas Championship, which runs from August 30-September 11 in Venezuela. The top four finishers there qualify for next summer’s FIBA World Cup, which is the new name for what used to be the FIBA World Championship. “His first priority is to make the Warriors,” a source close to the situation told SNY.tv on Monday evening. “Have to sacrifice National Team.” ZagsBlog.com

Machado signed a 10-day contract with the Warriors on April 7, was promptly sent down to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League and was ultimately signed by the Warriors for the rest of the season on April 17. He saw action in five playoff games for the Warriors, who were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals by the San Antonio Spurs in six games. “That was a very valuable experience,” Machado said. “I’ve never played in in such a wonderfdul atmosphere, being part of the NBA playoffs at that. The NCAA Tournament was wonderful, but the NBA playoffs was a whole different notch. It’s everyone’s dream and I was front and center being able to help my team.” ZagsBlog.com

May 22, 2013 Updates

Krzyzewski, 66, has a 62-1 record with USA Basketball, and his tenure will now be extended to coach in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has stayed confident since the end of the 2012 Olympics that he could persuade Krzyzewski to return. He waited until the end of Duke's season in March to court Krzyzewski. In an interview on Saturday, Colangelo said he would not begin contacting other candidates until Krzyzewski said no. SI.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

Like most kids in Brazil, Wizards big man Nene grew up playing soccer. He spent last season’s lockout kicking the ball around, and when he came to D.C. last year, he expressed interest in working out with the United squad after the NBA season was over. Unfortunately, injuries last year prevented him from making the trip out to RFK Stadium. “I feel more close to Brazil [when I play],” Nene told the Denver Post, back when he was still with the Nuggets. “I miss it so much, and my friends live there. But I can come here and play soccer and enjoy it. It’s a sport I love. I grew up playing soccer. And I just get to have some fun.” Washington Post

March 9, 2013 Updates

Griffin said he wants to play for the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Griffin, who will be 24 on March 16, was unable to play on the gold medal-winning 2012 team in London because he suffered a left knee injury during a U.S. team practice that required surgery. "Yeah, absolutely, it's something that I want to do," Griffin said. "Obviously it's a great honor. I was really looking forward to playing last year. It was very disappointing not being able to be there. I kind of turned my sights to getting back healthy. So my next goal for that is 2016." Los Angeles Times

Griffin said he hasn't been approached recently by anyone from the USA Basketball, but figures it will happen soon. "They talked about it last summer when I got hurt, about me coming back and being involved in the process over the next four summers," Griffin said. Los Angeles Times

March 5, 2013 Updates

The NBA announced early Tuesday a "comprehensive global preseason schedule" that involves the Chicago Bulls playing the first-ever game in Brazil. The Bulls will face the Washington Wizards at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on Oct. 12. Chicago Tribune

The veteran big man wouldn’t deny the reputation that Brazil — and Rio in particular — has for being a little wild. “I know, and the whole world knows that,” Nene said. “You guys hear about the Carnival. All celebrities come down. But there’s a lot of things to do. Nice beach, nice mall. A lot of shows, a lot of events. For me, nothing’s changed … but for [my teammates], it’s going to be a lot of new things. I hope they slow down.” Coach Randy Wittman didn’t spend a lot of time elaborating on the trip. “Eh, the weather’s nice, especially at that time of year, I hope,” he said. Washington Post

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