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April 18, 2014 Updates
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The Puerto Ricans, who had Napier practice with the national team in 2012, visited him earlier this year to keep the communications channels open. "We have done everything we could do and more," Puerto Rico coach Paco Olmos said to Primera Hora newspaper. "We have gone to the university in the middle of the regular season. We were with the player, with his mother, saw their environment at the university. We had very good communication. But then the time came for him to finish his college period, which has finished on top. Once taken in the (NBA) draft, whether first round, second round, which team selects them (potential Puerto Rican players), then we will know about their availability and their ability to be with us. Clearly, he has the doors open, we would like him to be part of the first group." FIBA.com

March 24, 2014 Updates

Mike Harris will likely join today Puerto Rican team Leones de Ponce. The former Jazz has played in China with Zhejiang averaging 28.7 points, 14.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 9 games. Harris has also played 20 games in the NBA this season scoring 4.2 points per game. Sportando

February 21, 2014 Updates

Former Brooklyn Nets and Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor has signed with Atléticos de San Germán in Puerto Rico and will join the team in April, the team’s co-owner, Alberto Muniz, told SNY.tv. by phone. Taylor is currently with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, averaging 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds, and will join Atléticos after the D-League season ends April 4. The Atléticos begin their season March 26. “He will start playing immediately when he finishes the NBDL,” Muniz said. “He will be arriving to Puerto Rico and playing with Atléticos de San Germán, which is the most traditional team here in Puerto Rico.” ZagsBlog.com

Muniz also said that onetime Seton Hall pledge Aquille Carr could play with the team, too. “Aquille Carr will be in the tryout,” Muniz said. “His agent called us and asked us if he can practice [with] us. Tyshawn arrives 10 days late for the season and Aquille is one of the options to fill that 10 days.” ZagsBlog.com

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Sam Young is officially a new player of Vaqueros de Bayamon. The former NBA is now playing in Australia with Sidney Kings. Sportando

December 17, 2013 Updates

Free agent forward Eric Griffin will sign with Ponce of the Puerto Rican league for the Tournament of the Americas, a source told RealGM. Griffin played for the Miami Heat in summer league and went to training camp with the organization, where he intrigued coaches and players with his athleticism. RealGM

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Balkman made headlines last season when he was playing in the Phillipines and lost his cool after getting a tough no-call from the referees on a play in the paint. He ended up choking a teammate who started out trying to restrain Balkman. The Youtube video is the first thing that pops up regarding Balkman. It wasn’t his finest moment. But he’s trying to resurrect his career and the Mavericks aren’t even his first stop in that process. He made stops in Venezuela and Puerto Rico after getting banned from the league in the Phillipines for his outburst. “It was a long journey to now,” Balkman said. “It’s a blessing I’m here. That (the choking incident) is in the past. I’m looking forward. It’s a step for me to be here now. Whatever happened, happened. I’m moving on.” Dallas Morning News

And moments like that can impact a player for a long time, Balkman knows. “It was an incident,” he said. “Everybody knew about it. But it didn’t stop me from what I knew what I was trying to do. I could have easily said it was going to hurt my whole career. But I turned a lot of things into positives. If I had to go to six or seven places to play basketball and show everybody I’m still in it, that’s what I would have done. “I went to three places to play as much basketball as I could.” Dallas Morning News

September 12, 2013 Updates

Gustavo Ayón and Mexico completed their improbable run to the FIBA Americas Championship game with a 91-89 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night. Ayón scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds to complete a magnificent individual tournament performance that crowned him MVP. Ayón also made the all-tournament team, averaging 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. Puerto Rico and Mexico exchanged leads throughout the fourth quarter, and the Puerto Ricans missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it. hawks.com

September 11, 2013 Updates
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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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