HoopsHype Nigeria rumors

September 26, 2013 Updates

Antetokounmpo's success has heartened many Greeks desperate for their country to become an incubator of dreams instead of a dead zone of joblessness. His parents, Charles and Veronica, moved from Lagos, Nigeria, to Athens in 1991. They left their young son, Francis, with his grandparents. Charles says there were no opportunities in the Nigerian economy. "It was very hard to get a job," he says. People felt opportunity slipping away. "That's why we decided to leave, too." NPR

August 9, 2012 Updates

After leaving college basketball in 2009, Nigeria national team player Chamberlain Oguchi has been the ultimate basketball journeyman, bouncing from professional leagues in Lebanon, Venezuela, Mexico and the Philippines. It seemed he would come and go out of these Olympic Games without much notice. That was before Oguchi scored 35 points in Nigeria's final preliminary round game, a 79-73 loss to France. Suddenly, several NBA teams are inviting him to training camp on non-guaranteed deals, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Several teams had front-office executives in London for the performance, where Oguchi made eight of his 14 3-point attempts. Most see value in the versatile 6-foot-6 swingman, who could be had on a rookie-scale contract. Yahoo! Sports

August 3, 2012 Updates

Ikechukwu Somtochukwu Diogu was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Texas of Nigerian-born parents. Though Diogu had not been to Nigeria since 2001, he relates to the country and its diverse cultures. "Even though I grew up in the United States, I was always around Nigerians," he said. "I grew up in a Nigerian community. When I'm at home, my parents don't speak to me in English. We eat Nigerian food.'' He listed a menu that included jollof rice, fufu and chin chin. "But you probably don't know what I'm talking about,'' he said. SI.com

August 2, 2012 Updates

Alade Aminu: Wow, was a ugly 1 tonight. Crazy thing is, its just 1 game. Can still advance with a win in the next 2. Twitter

August 1, 2012 Updates

Diogu played for six teams in a six-year career. His most-recent stint with Spurs lasted two games and 14 minutes. He ended up in China, playing in obscurity. And that's not where he belongs. "It's been frustrating," he said. "I've been in situations that weren't the best situations, and the one thing I realize is not everyone is going to be a real big fan of your game. I've been with coaches who weren't responsible for drafting me, so they don't have any loyalty to me and don't feel like they have to play me. "I've had some unfortunate injuries, and every situation I've been wasn't beneficial to me. That's life. That happens. But when you start bouncing around, you get labeled as a journeyman, and it follows you everywhere." Arizona Republic

July 28, 2012 Updates

In 2004, the first time he was called, Iguodala was preparing for his rookie season with the 76ers. But that wasn't what kept him from saying yes to a unique opportunity. "It was always my dream to play for the USA team," Iguodala said. "That's where I grew up. I never gave it any serious thought. It didn't feel right to me. I've never been there. I've never really had a chance to experience their culture, only from the outside looking in because of my father." Philadelphia Inquirer

July 8, 2012 Updates

Tiago Splitter: Parabéns pra Nigeria, se classificram para as Olimpiadas! Congrats to Nigeria, they are qualified to London! Twitter

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