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April 3, 2015 Updates

Marco Belinelli on Eurobasket: "I spoke with Simone Pianigiani (head coach of the Italian National Team), the Federation knows my physical and contract situations. I’d love to play Eurobasket but I have to wait the end of the season to see how my situation evolves. I can’t say now “I will 100% play at Eurobasket." Sportando

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“What's more, no one should think, ‘Ah, that Enes Kanter, he's just pursuing fame and fortune, not even one part of his mind is on Turkey these days.' In one sense they are right as Turkey does not lie in just one corner of my mind but right in the middle of my heart. I want everyone out there to know that I am doing my best to see that our flag becomes one which is respected no matter where you go in the world,” he said. “Maybe this was a very long answer, but the topic really bothers me, which is why I wanted to express this all one more time. Let all the basketball lovers reading this know that this year and in future years when I am playing, I will definitely be suiting up in our national team uniform. With pride.” Today's Zaman

March 27, 2015 Updates

According to Team Argentina head coach Sergio Hernandez, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili will not play for his home country at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Monterrey, Mexico. “Ginobili is not going to be in Monterrey. I have the authority to say that he will not be part of this tournament. He is going through a long season in the NBA and it is an important moment in his career.” said Hernandez during an interview with the radio program” One on One.” This will be the second summer in a row Manu will not suit up for Team Argentina. Last summer, he held himself out due to injury. Considering Manu has been banged up a few times during this NBA season and his age, it is not too surprising he will not play in Mexico. ProjectSpurs.com

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Despite Fil-Am Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson expressing interest in playing for the national team, head coach Tab Baldwin admitted Gilas Pilipinas is not likely to naturalize guards in the near future, stating that big men are still the priority. “The difficult thing for Jordan is traditionally the Philippines needs a big man in a naturalized role,” he said Sunday, March 22 following Talk ’N Text’s twice-to-beat clinching win over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. “If there ever came a time that we needed a guard, it’s great to know that Jordan is available. He’s easy to naturalize.” Rappler

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The specifics are still to be determined, but general manager Steve Nash, head coach Jay Triano and company are hoping to use the tournament to prepare for the FIBA Americas, which is being used as the qualification competition for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. That tournament starts in late August. At the top of Canada Basketball’s wish list, obviously, is Andrew Wiggins, soon to be the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. Care to commit, Andrew? “It’s a long time away,” Wiggins said before his lone appearance in his quasi-hometown on Wednesday morning. His Timberwolves play the Raptors in the evening. “I’m going to deal with all that once the season is over.” National Post

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So Batum has decided to play for the French National Team this summer, when it will try to defend its EuroBasket Championship on native soil in August. The move will be surprising to some, considering the Blazers' small forward acknowledged last month that he has felt "fatigue" this NBA season, in part, because he overextended himself last summer. But, despite this fatigue -- which no doubt led to his subpar season -- there was never really a doubt that Batum would play internationally in 2015. "I have to fight for my country," he said. Oregonian

Even though Batum will play for Team France, he says, he will do a number of things differently, will find a variety of ways to rest and get away from basketball. When the Blazers season ends, he will take a few weeks off to relax and let his body heal and he will not play or practice with the French national team until August. Batum has been invited to take part in an NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders trip to South Africa on Aug. 1, after which he will begin ramping up his preparation for EuroBasket. Oregonian

He even has vowed to treat that differently. He and France officials will manage his practice and recovery time and monitor his minutes, just as they do with veteran players like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Noah. The goal is to scale back Batum's demands and enhance his maintenance -- all of which no doubt will thrill Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Oregonian

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