HoopsHype FIBA rumors

July 24, 2014 Updates

So with star center Alexis Ajinca announcing shortly before the start of the preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup that he will remain with his pregnant wife, who is due to give birth during the tournament, instead of playing this summer, Collet is okay. He'll have his squad ready when they arrive in Granada, Spain, for Group A games against Serbia, Brazil, Iran, Egypt and the tournament hosts. "This is a blow," he said of losing his 2.15m tall starting center, "but we must move forward with those who are there." FIBA.com

July 23, 2014 Updates

Upon the player's request, the FIBA Disciplinary Panel held a hearing by telephone conference on 16 July 2014. The Panel rendered its decision on 21 July 2014 finding that Mr. Calathes has violated the FIBA Anti-doping Regulations and, therefore, he is ineligible to participate in FIBA Competitions for a period of four (4) months starting from 19 April 2014 until 18 August 2014 (including). During the period of ineligibility the player is not allowed to compete in any basketball game, including friendly games. The decision issued by the FIBA Disciplinary Panel is valid for FIBA and all National Member Federations of FIBA and has no impact on the existing NBA decision. The decision is subject to appeal within a period of 14 days to the FIBA Appeals’ Panel. Sportando

July 22, 2014 Updates
July 21, 2014 Updates

Steve Nash: "Andrew (Wiggins) has shown a lot of interest and right now he not only has a lot of attention on him after a phenomenally trying last year, but his team is also really concerned about him and what he does and what he doesn't. But Andrew has shown interest and the Cavs have shown interest (in him playing for Canada). There's a chance he could be here this summer. I know he wants to be here but right now he has to fulfill his obligations to his (NBA) team." HoopsAddict.com

July 18, 2014 Updates
July 16, 2014 Updates

LeBron never really played the 4 [power forward] in Cleveland, but he played it a ton in Miami. Will you use him in that role, with just one traditional big man on the floor? I just came from the land of the stretch 4s. Stretch 4s became popular in the United States because of Europe. If anyone knows that style of play, it’s probably me. Yeah, you’ll see LeBron there. You’ll see LeBron all over the floor, just like he’s used to playing. I don’t have to change him. Grantland

July 14, 2014 Updates
July 12, 2014 Updates

Frank Isola: I'm also hearing that Carmelo will not be going to the World Cup. I can confirm that I won't be there either. (Don't get me started.) Twitter @FisolaNYDN

July 11, 2014 Updates
July 10, 2014 Updates

Puerto Rico have already drawn up preliminary squad lists for the Centrobasket and FIBA Basketball World Cup but are not expected to make them public until next week. "I am one who would rather not comment until I have everything ironed out," said basketball federation president Carlos Beltran. "We are trying to get the commitment of Shabazz Napier and Maurice Harkless. FIBA.com

July 8, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: Memphis guard Nick Calathes expects to find out his eligibility for the World Games soon, a teleconference is scheduled with FIBA. Given that Calathes is technically suspended in the NBA, FIBA would need to grant him approval to play for Greece in the World Games. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

July 4, 2014 Updates

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