HoopsHype Leandro Barbosa rumors

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There have long been calls for Rivers to give speedy guard Leandro Barbosa more playing time. With Rondo out, Barbosa’s minutes have increased, and so has his production. The “Brazilian Blur” is averaging about 11 points per game in his last four, all of them Boston wins. “He’s been great,” Rivers said. “He’s been a guy all year that, ‘Should you go with him? Shouldn’t you go with him?’ And obviously we should have. “He’s just playing so well. He’s wild at times. I think he scares me and the opposing coach all at the same time. That’s actually not bad to have.” Boston Globe

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On Jan. 17, a report from his home country of Brazil indicated that Barbosa had asked to be traded numerous times from the Celtics, but the nine-year veteran denied it. “It was definitely a miscommunication,” Barbosa said. “I never said that. I never said that I wanted to get traded, and if I wanted to get traded I wouldn’t be talking to the media first. I would have talked to Danny Ainge, and then after, my teammates, and then the media. “I knew my role was going to be like that and that’s why I came to the Celtics. It was a dream come true for me and I’m happy to be here.” WEEI.com

With the injury to Rondo, players like Barbosa figure to receive more playing time, but he said he is simply happy to be a part of such a historic team. “Like I said, [it's a] dream come true,” Barbosa said. “It was a team that I was always watching when I was a little kid and there was a lot of good players that [have] been around this team and I just thought that it could be a good experience for me, even though I didn’t have many minutes or opportunity to play. But it was a great situation for me to learn from the older guys and the experienced guys. So, it was great.” WEEI.com

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As far as Celtics president Danny Ainge is concerned, Leandro Barbosa has not requested a trade and what’s more, he was in the starting lineup for Friday’s matchup with the Bulls. According to a Brazilian publication, Barbosa said he wanted to be traded or released to seek a team that would give him more playing time. Ainge said Friday that Barbosa has not sought a trade and considers the issue closed. Boston Globe

“You’d have to ask him about the quote, I have no idea,” Ainge said. “But all I know is he’s never come to me and asked to be traded, so I have to take him at his word. He’s never asked me for a trade. “I don’t pay attention to anything at all. He’s never brought anything to my attention. This is some media report. I don’t pay attention to that stuff. I wouldn’t have even known about it had it not been brought to my attention.” Boston Globe

January 18, 2013 Updates

Barbosa received the call in mid-December. A few days later, he was on a plane back to his native country of Brazil. He missed four games for personal reasons and joined the Celtics in Sacramento against the Kings. Noticeably tired, he played four minutes on December 30. It was easy to assume Barbosa was jet-lagged from the travel. The reality was, the events that occurred during the trip were the most emotionally draining. "My mother-in-law, she's in a coma," Barbosa told CSNNE.com. "I have to go and try to help, so it's kind of hard. At the same time, I have a job and I have to be here, so I had to come back. The situation is still going on." CSNNE.com

"The streets are really small," he said. "I would walk and I could see guys with guns shooting people or putting fires on the people, all that kind of stuff. I had to (look straight ahead). I couldn't look or say anything or say anything to anybody else or the cops because I could be the next one to be killed." He continued, "When I was in school, I didn't know if I was going to come back to my place alive or if I would leave my place alive because there were people shooting people. It was surprising for me a couple times that nothing happened, no shooting. It could have happened any time." CSNNE.com

The youngest of five children, he was raised under the watchful eyes of his parents and four older siblings. Together, the seven family members slept in one space that could hardly be called a bedroom. "We didn't have beds to sleep on," he said. "It was just blankets and we would sleep on the ground." CSNNE.com

"She said, 'It's either you're going to go to school, be a builder, [or] be a criminal -- you choose which one you want to be and then you let me know,' " he recalled. "Then she put basketball last and I picked basketball. That's when I realized I really needed to work really hard in my life to be somebody. She was proud of me because I could have said basketball but at the same time done other things. But I really focused on basketball and I started to build up a dream, and that's when I became really tough and a man. I had to think old. I had to think big to change in the situation we were in. It was really hard. It was either you're going or you're not going. It was when I had to change everything." CSNNE.com

"I think I would be dead [without basketball]. I'm being realistic," he said. "[My parents' influence] was high, especially making sure I was growing up and being a good man. I definitely wouldn't be here. I had many opportunities to be in drug situations and maybe not be alive, be stealing, shooting people, all that kind of stuff. I had my friends and they're all killed or in jail. So I think the impact that they had in my life was unbelievable. Not only them, but my sisters and my brothers, too." CSNNE.com

While Barbosa began to plan for his new life in Phoenix, his mother headed back to Brazil where she had been able to protect her son all his life. But when she returned, there was no one there to protect her. "My mama got kidnapped," Barbosa said. "When I got drafted, it got really big news in Brazil. When she went back, that was when it happened. She was kidnapped for three days." CSNNE.com

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