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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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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has stated during his French radio show that he will play for Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2015 to help the team qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. “I am not thinking about that for now since I’m focused on the Spurs, and making a good season to finish in style. Then I will focus on the Blues. But I have said… I will be with team France this summer, ” he has assured on Monday night on RMC, his show TP Show . ProjectSpurs.com

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In the interview conducted Wednesday, the 29-year-old would not yet rule out him playing in FIBA Europe next summer. "It is too early to talk about anything, I will have to wait a while to know that answer," he told the Balkan edition of the Qatari-based network. NetsDaily

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French National Team head coach Vincent Collet said in an interview that Tony Parker will play at Eurobasket 2015 next summer. France will host the tournament in Montpellier and Lille. “Ten minutes after the Eurobasket 2015 draw Tony Parker called me saying ‘I am in’” Collet said. Sportando

December 11, 2014 Updates

The United States team may be going to Qatar to defend its basketball World Cup title in 2019 as the emirate seeks to add to its sports portfolio. Qatar is among six bidders to host one of the tournament's next two editions, in 2019 or 2023, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said Thursday. China, Germany, the Philippines and Turkey also want to host one of the events. Germany may bid alone or with France. USA Today Sports

The NBA has reached a commercial partnership with Brazil's top basketball league, taking over its marketing, advertising and licensing deals. The deal announced Thursday is expected to give a huge boost to the sport in Brazil and should help the NBA continue expanding its presence in the South American nation of more than 200 million people. The NBA and Brazil's National Basketball League said the partnership has the "long-term goal of increasing the popularity of basketball in Brazil." Ledger-Enquirer

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On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s 214 national federations, was suspended from all FIBA and FIBA Asia-related activities. The length of the ban has not been announced. As a result, all Japan national teams are barred from playing in FIBA-sanctioned competitions, including the women’s national team, which captured its first FIBA Asia title in 43 years in 2013. This could have a profound negative impact on Olympic qualifying and preparation for it. Japan Times

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