HoopsHype Dominican Republic rumors


September 27, 2012 Updates

In the midst of those workouts, his year went from bad to worse upon hearing he was cut from the Dominican Republic National Team. Upon hearing the name of Kentucky and national team coach John Calipari, Villanueva grunted. "The DR thing definitely stung," he said. "That's your country you're representing. They never gave me an opportunity to work out in the first place. I never worked out for these guys, it caught me off guard. I'm reading up on this and I'm like, 'Wow.'" Detroit News

July 13, 2012 Updates

New role, same old result for Kevin Durant. And even with another loss from its roster, the U.S. Olympic basketball team just keeps on rolling along. Durant picked up where he left off in international competition, scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Americans to a 113-59 victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday night in an exhibition game. The MVP of the world basketball championship two years ago, Durant came off the bench to shoot 9 of 11 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-pointers in 22 minutes. He said coach Mike Krzyzewski told him shortly before the game that Carmelo Anthony would start alongside LeBron James at forward, and he adjusted just fine. "It felt good to me," Durant said. "It was cool to come off the bench for the first time. Wherever they need that spark, I'm going to try to come out and give them that spark. So I was looking forward to having different roles playing with USA, so it was kind of fun for me, actually." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

July 9, 2012 Updates

The Dominican Republic should have had the best player on the floor with the Hawks Al Horford, but he had just 12 points as foul trouble kept him in check. So the field for London is set. The 12-team tournament starts July 29 with play in the two six-team groups (four from each advance to the knockout tournament). The groups are: Group A: United States, France, Argentina, Tunisia, Lithuania, Nigeria. Group B: Great Britain, Spain, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia. NBCSports.com

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According to FIBA.com, Villanueva was cut from the Dominican Republic national team that is coached by Kentucky's John Calipari. Villanueva reportedly had a private workout for the team in New York, and Calipari told Deportes en la Z, "Charlie ... was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively." Rob Villanueva, Charlie's older brother, said the New York private workout never took place. Rob added that Charlie has taken to a boxing routine for fitness and is enjoying it tremendously. Detroit Free Press

June 12, 2012 Updates

Charlie Villanueva helped bring unprecedented attention to the Dominican Republic the past few summers as a player with their national team. He is not in the squad for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), however. FIBA.com

Calipari, who guided the team to a bronze medal last summer at the FIBA Americas Championship and then led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA title, is working out with the Dominicans in Lexington. Villanueva had a private workout for the Dominican Republic in New York and didn't leave a good impression. "Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari said to Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and it was a decision taken collectively. FIBA.com

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Allen Iverson's agent, Greg Moore, denied the report about Iverson signing in Dominican Republic. 'I don't know anything abou that' said Moore. The deal was announced, officially, by the owner of the Dominican Republic club. Sportando

February 24, 2012 Updates

“We have again scheduled an extremely challenging lineup of exhibition opponents for our USA Men’s National Team. In addition to playing world powers Spain and Argentina, the team will also face FIBA Americas powers Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Add in what I’m sure will be a very competitive game in Manchester versus Great Britain, and we have an exciting tour schedule we believe will help get our team as best prepared as possible for the summer,” Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman and national team managing director, said in a statement. Washington Post

December 2, 2011 Updates

During a brief phone conversation Friday with Barea, who is in the Dominican Republic before he returns to Dallas next week, he reiterated that he hopes to again be playing for Dallas and that the ball is in the Mavs' court. "I always said that's my first option," Barea said. "I did my job last year." He said he is not necessarily chasing the highest offer or a starting job, saying, "I just want what I deserve." ESPN.com

October 30, 2011 Updates

Team USA went on a bit of a bad streak with losses to Uruguay and Mexico after winning their first two games the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara. They righted the ship on Sunday, however, with a 94-92 victory over Jack Michael Martinez and the Dominican Republic to win the bronze medal. Team USA had five players in double-figures, led by Lance Thomas's 14 points, but it was Justin Dentmon that provided the spark needed to propel the NBA Development League Americans down the stretch. Dentmon finished with 12 points and five assists, Marcus Lewis put in 12 points to go with his seven rebounds, Donald Sloan scored 11 points and Leo Lyons rounded out double-digit scorers with 10 points. Ridiculous Upside

September 28, 2011 Updates

The Dominican Republic is going to play at the Olympic qualifying tournament next year. There are several NBA players on that team and you have Dominican roots. Is there any chance that you could join the team? Trevor Ariza: If they would want me to play, I’d definitely listen and I would definitely be open to play. They have not approached you about this so far? Trevor Ariza: A little bit, nothing too serious. But since it’s pretty close and they will try to qualify, I believe they will be more serious now. HoopsHype

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