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April 15, 2015 Updates

Marco Belinelli: “My goal is to play Eurobasket. But I am 29 and I have to see how I physically feel after the season. I will make a final decision after the NBA Playoffs. Coach Pianigiani knows how I am, I am gritting my teeth. For the other Italians in the NBA who end the season without playoffs (Bargnani and Gallinari) will be easier to rest, recover and be back in shape. I will talk with the other Italians in the NBA. We want to bring Italy back to highest levels” said Belinelli to Riccardo Pratesi of La Gazzetta dello Sport. Sportando

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio will have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle early next week, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Rubio missed 43 games after badly spraining his left ankle on Nov. 7 against the Orlando Magic. The source said the surgery is considered to be a "minor cleanup" after the Spaniard had his "good and bad days" after returning to play. Rubio is expected to be ready for the T'wolves training camp next season, but the source said it is "highly unlikely" he will play for Spain this summer during the European championships. Minnesota signed Rubio to a four-year contract extension worth $55 million in November. He finishes the season with career lows in field-goal percentage (35.6) and 3-point percentage (25.5) while averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 22 games. The ankle injury and a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in his rookie year has limited Rubio to playing just 202 of a possible 309 games in his four-year NBA career. Yahoo! Sports

April 6, 2015 Updates

Will you be playing this summer with the Italian national team? Danilo Gallinari: Yeah. We will be playing together so hopefully we will be able to achieve or accomplish something together. ProjectSpurs.com

Jon Krawczynski: Rubio said he will think about Spanish National team after season. "Priority this summer is my health. I owe this team (Wolves) a lot." Twitter @APkrawczynski

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

March 25, 2015 Updates

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