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May 18, 2014 Updates

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has objected to a bill seeking to grant National Basketball Association (NBA) player Andray Blatche citizenship so he could play for the Gilas national basketball team in the FIBA World Cup and the Asian Games. Estrada said granting citizenship for the sole purpose of playing for the Philippines “is such a flimsy excuse which would place the Senate in an embarrassing situation because it gives the impression that anyone who wishes to play may simply go to the Senate and acquire Philippine citizenship through legislation,’’ he said. Naturalized citizens could eventually go back to their native land and forget the Philippines, he added. Tempo

May 16, 2014 Updates
May 13, 2014 Updates

Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol said that he will play in FIBA World Cup with Spanish National Team. “I am available for World Cup” Gasol said as reported by EFE. “My season ended one week ago but I am looking forward to play again” added Gasol. Sportando

May 7, 2014 Updates

Delfino wants to make something very clear to the fans in Argentina, and in the NBA. "I want to play [at the World Cup]," the 31-year-old said. "It's important to make that clear: 'Does Delfino want to play at the World Cup? Yes, he wants to play.' "Of course I want to. But it doesn't just depend on me." FIBA Americas

May 6, 2014 Updates

Owner Mark Cuban isn't exactly thrilled with his players playing internaitonal basketball. But with his Spain teammates include Pau and Marc Gasol, and Ricky Rubio, Calderon sees playing with the national team as somewhat an extension of playing for the Mavs. "It helps me to stay in shape and keep in shape,'' the 32-year old Calderon said. "For me it's great. "I work out with Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol and get ready for the season. We don’t do like people used to do, like running in the mountains or stuff like that. We just practice, we shoot the ball and play a little bit 5-on-5.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 30, 2014 Updates

The bad news: Rose is making the sort of progress that should allow him to proceed with plans to try to make the Team USA roster for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain, a pursuit that will consume more than a month of the summer from mid-August to mid-September. The Bulls can't say so -- especially with Thibodeau serving as a Team USA assistant to Mike Krzyzewski -- but they'd surely prefer that Rose hold off on his full-speed return until training camp next fall. ESPN.com

April 21, 2014 Updates

The 20 games ban of Nick Calathes was a shock for the Greek basketball federation, still there’s full support towards the Greek-American guard. On Saturday Kostas Missas, a member of the Greek federation coaching stuff, contacted the player, who gave his side of the story and once more clarified the fact that he never used synthetic testosterone or performance-enhancing drugs. However, Tamoxifen which was detected in Calathes’ samples is banned also from the International Olympic Committee, so the player should have been much more careful. The point is that the ban of Calathes is imposed to the NBA and has to do only with NBA games. There’s no cooperation between the NBA and WADA and until further notice the player is eligible for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. EuroHoops.net

April 19, 2014 Updates
April 16, 2014 Updates

Center Josh Powell was in Houston on Tuesday for his physical, which he passed, and signed his contract with the Rockets. Powell's deal is for rest of this season and next, but year two of his contract is not guaranteed. Sources told FOX 26 Sports Powell received his clearance from FIBA, world governing body for basketball, late Monday night to return to the NBA and sign with the Rockets. FOX 26 Sports

April 11, 2014 Updates

It's been a long, rewarding ride for Francisco Garcia with the Dominican Republic national team. The NBA guard-forward, however, is saying it will end after this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup. A lynchpin in the side since 2005 when he averaged more than 18 points per game at the FIBA Americas Championship on home soil, Garcia will realize a dream when he competes in a major international tournament for the first time this summer in Spain. At 32 years of age, he thinks the time will be right to call time on his career with the Dominicans. "I always want to be there, but this will be my last one because it's time to pass the baton to the youngsters that are growing up because they, too, deserve the opportunity," Garcia said. FIBA.com

April 10, 2014 Updates
April 6, 2014 Updates

Gilas Pilipinas is offering Blatche a chance to carry pride and glory to a loyal, basketball-loving nation. And he is not remiss in acknowledging this opportunity when asked about his current thoughts about the prospect of playing for the Philippines: “I am excited; this is something new. It is a blessing for this opportunity. Hopefully, I can share my talent in helping the Philippines.” NBA.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

A few days, you said you were waiting for the Spanish Basketball Federation to tell you if they wanted you to play the World Championship. Any update about that? Nikola Mirotic: Nothing. I haven't read anything about it and nobody has contacted me. I spoke my mind, but I don't have any problem with the Federation and I will respect any decision they make. But will you get angry if they say no? Mirotic: There wouldn't be any problem, like there was no problem before. But we will have to wait for their decision and then we'll see how I feel. As

March 29, 2014 Updates
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March 25, 2014 Updates

With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic's results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. "Sometimes, it is too many games," Dragic said. "I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I'm going to play or not. I'm thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season. Arizona Republic

"That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you're a star and now you don't want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don't know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I'm more on the plane than in my car." Arizona Republic

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