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September 6, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant has off-season time in China, Italy and the Philippines -- all while rehabbing his Achilles' tendon. With Lakers' training camp scheduled to start around Sept. 28, Bryant will make one last long-distance trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Support of Diabetes Awareness. Bryant's first stop Sept. 26 will be at the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he'll hold a youth basketball clinic. Los Angeles Times

August 31, 2013 Updates

Reggio Emilia is looking for the last addition to close the roster for the coming season. The main target is DJ Kennedy, as confirmed by the sports director of the Italian Team. Justin Holiday is the first alternative and Aaron Harper the last name pursued. "He is not 100% ready to move overseas. He is not fully convinced to leave America for Europe and he wants to think deeply before making the final decision. We spoke with him on the phone but we really want to try to convince him to join us. We are ready to make him a proposal already discussed with his agent" said Frosini. Sportando

Andrea Bargnani spoke with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Il Mago will miss Eurobasket with Italian National Team due to pneumonia. The newcomer in New York is stil off and he has not started working out. But the ex Raptors wants to be ready for Knicks training camp. "Now I am completely off. I will re-start working when the doctors give me the green light. I want to be ready for the Knicks training camp" said Bargnani. Sportando

August 26, 2013 Updates

Perennial Italian champion Montepaschi Siena announced the addition of signing of swingman Kim English for the next season. English (1.98 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Detroit of the NBA, where he averaged 2.9 points in 41 games last season. Euroleague.net

Sutor Montegranaro announce the big signing of Mardy Collins. The player comes from Maccabi Ashdod where last season averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Sportando

August 23, 2013 Updates

Summer was going so swell for Andrea Bargnani, getting a fresh start with his trade to the Knicks and reporting to Team Italy’s training camp late last month in terrific shape. But now a respiratory infection that felled him three weeks ago has officially knocked him out of next month’s European Championships. “I think he’s very, very disappointed,’’ Team Italy’s associate coach Mario Fioretti told The Post yesterday after Team Italy’s exhibition victory over Montenegro. “He spent one month before training camp getting in shape. He was ready, with the right mental approach. Everything was set for him.’’ New York Post

Nobody knows how Bargnani caught the infection, and Fioretti said they don’t believe it’s pneumonia. “It’s crazy because its summer, like he’s jinxed,’’ Fioretti said. The good news for the Knicks is Fioretti said he expects Bargnani to be on time for training camp. The Knicks play in Toronto, against Bargnani’s former team, twice in the preseason. “I know he feels better, so I can’t imagine him not being ready for October,’’ Fioretti said. New York Post

August 22, 2013 Updates

Pallacanestro Cantù is on the market looking for a forward to finalize the roster for the coming season. The Italian club opened negotiations with former NBA forward Joe Alexander. Alexander, selected with the 8th overall pick by the Bucks in the 2008 NBA Draft, has played 67 games in the NBA averaging 4.2ppg and 1.8rpg. Sportando

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Sidigas Avellino is close to signing Jarvis Varnado, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The big man has played already in Italy with Giorgio Tesi Pistoia in his rookie year and with Virtus Roma. Varnado has played 13 games in the NBA with Celtics and Heat averaging 0.6ppg and 0.7rpg. Sportando

Sidigas Avellino is still looking to a small-forward to put in the roster. Two names are now on the table of GM Antonello Nevola: Kris Joseph and Courtney Fells. Sportando

August 15, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani is unlikely to play Eurobasket in Slovenia with Italian National Team, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Il Mago caught pneumonia, is undergoing an antibiotics treatment and will be re-evaluated after August 20. Sportando

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