HoopsHype Leandro Barbosa rumors

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Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out. NBCSports.com

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Steve Nash, according to Leandro Barbosa, according to Steve Nash, plays soccer like he plays basketball "Leandro Barbosa, my former teammate [with the Phoenix Suns] . . . says I play soccer exactly how I play basketball," said Nash. "I love to pass and play-make but not afraid to shoot when I get the opportunity." Where would he play prospective teammate Dwight Howard if he made it to the Showdown? "I think Dwight would be best served in goal, but maybe he could surprise me out on the field a little bit," said Nash. Sulia

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Now that Barbosa is a millionaire, he's going to no small amount of trouble, with the help of his brother Artur, to smooth the path for future Brazilian prodigies, investing in facilities and training that could make the difference for future NBA players. The Barbosas are particularly excited about one prospect in particular, named Alexandre Paranhos, who is eligible for the 2013 NBA draft, but barely on anybody's radar. ESPN.com

Alexandre has really developed over the past 12-14 months. He was the star of the Liga Desenvolvimento Olimpico (LDO), which is the second most important league in Brazil. I put a copy of the national champioship game on youtube. Yesterday he worked out in Houston for the Rockets.To see that I am not exaggerating about him having Lebron' s physique, his measurements from today yesterday were: Height: 6'8" Weight: 241 lbs Wingspan: 7'3" Bodyfat: 9% After the workout I met people from the Rockets and I think they were very impressed with Alexandre. ESPN.com

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Steve Bulpett: More sources saying what we've already been hearing: Testing being done, but it's looking like an ACL for Barbosa. Twitter @SteveBHoop

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