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Now the squad has been heartened by the news that their most important player, Marcin Gortat, is to join Poland on Sunday in Belgium, where they are facing Israel, the hosts and Italy in a warm- up tournament for the EuroBasket in Slovenia. The 2.11m pivot had been with Poland in July but travelled to the United States earlier this month so doctors could examine the metatarsal injury that he suffered in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns. FIBA.com

Andrea Bargnani is unlikely to play Eurobasket in Slovenia with Italian National Team, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Il Mago caught pneumonia, is undergoing an antibiotics treatment and will be re-evaluated after August 20. Sportando

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Tony Parker and Nicholas Batum both headline the 12-man roster that France will have when they arrive in Ljubljana next month for Eurobasket. Head coach Vincent Collet has surprised many however by leaving out Leo Westermann, Evan Fournier and Kim Tille, a decision that was made by Collet on Saturday night, before the team’s first defeat of the pre-Eurobasket warm-ups to Greece. Many expected Fournier to make his senior debut this summer in Slovenia after impressing at under-20 level. He was also a major standout at last year’s Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy – where they showcase young European prospects under the watchful eye of NBA scouts. "Evan [Fournier] had little time to show us what he could do, and although in the last few games he improved and started to play more freely, it was still not enough to make us change our mind about what we had seen before," Collet explained. TalkBasket

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The Basketball Federation of Montenegro has confirmed that Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will not play in the Eurobasket tournament in September. The news was reported by two Spanish-speaking websites, including sportnando.net. Pekovic, a restricted free agent, has yet to come to terms with the Wolves on a new contract. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Andrea Bargnani may miss Eurobasket in Slovenia with the Italian National Team due to a respiratory tract infection, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Yesterday the new Knick did not have fever (his temperature reached 39.5° over the last days) but his participation at Eurobasket is at risk. The medical staff of the Italian National excluded that Bargnani had bronchopneumonia. "He may play" told to Il Corriere dello Sport a source with the knowledge of the situation. Sportando

August 6, 2013 Updates

It's big news in Bosnia. Mirza Teletovic, the captain of the Bosnian national team, and Aco Petrovic, his coach, became embroiled in a controversy Friday when Petrovic told reporters, including those for Bosnian national TV that the 6'9" power forward showed up for training camp in bad shape and had a different view of how he fit into the team. Petrovic, Drazen Petrovic's brother, said some of his star's problem was to due to his experience in the NBA, "14 months not playing and frustration," meaning his limited use by the Nets. Petrovic did say the dispute was not irredeemable, but in his most biting comment said, "Mirza must understand that there is no player in the world, including Drazen Petrovic , who played without teammates" NetsDaily

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