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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

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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

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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

April 30, 2013 Updates

The Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, who says his surgically repaired left knee has recovered 100 percent, will play for Spain in the European Championship in September. Wolves guard J.J. Barea, who is signed for two more years, said he probably will play with the Puerto Rican national team, which will try to qualify for the World Championship at the end of the summer. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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I asked Phil Jackson about Mark Jackson. I again expected a cliche answer about what a swell job Mark Jackson is doing. Instead: "I have some problems with guys going directly from the (television) booth to coaching, without any preparation," said Phil Jackson, who worked his way up from coaching in minor-league outposts like Albany and Puerto Rico. "It's not that easy. Doc Rivers did it, and other guys have done it, and I think Mark was prepared to do that, but it's still a shock, so to speak - the practice, preparation and the whole nine yards, when you've been sitting on the observing end of it. ... "But I hold nothing against Mark for having the opportunity." San Francisco Chronicle

April 21, 2013 Updates

Ike Diogu will land in Puerto Rico next week. Former NBA forward will land in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and on Wednesday will start practice with the team. Diogu has played the season in Chinese CBA with Guangdong averaging 16.6ppg and 10.4rpg in 31 regular season games. Sportando

April 18, 2013 Updates

Cangrejeros de Santurce are the most active team on the market not only in Puerto Rico. The club hopes to sign Carlos Arroyo when he ends his season in Turkey with Galatasaray. "Carlos told me that he would love to play with us, but it depends on his season with Galatasaray" said Angelo Medina to El Nuevo Dia. Sportando

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Donte Greene will continue his career in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German. The NBA forward has not played this season due to an injury. Greene will join his new team this week. Sportando

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