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Meanwhile, the Eurobasket report about president Hugo Chavez was rebuffed by Robert Gonzalez, Vasquez's agent in Venezuela, and by Rene Rincon, media consultant. "There's nothing with president Chavez. The only thing going on is the Greivis Vasquez project, an initiative to hold basketball clinics all over the country" said Rincon. El Universal

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This year's international tournaments are a godsend for basketball fans pining for any glimpse of their NBA favorites. Yet these games are not just fun diversions for the players involved. For most, they're the culmination of years of hard work and a chance to give their home countries a chance to compete in the London Olympics. For others, like Chris Kaman(notes), it's a chance to represent some far-off land where everyone speaks a guttural language they don't understand. That sounds fun, right? So, yes, players care. For proof, just watch the video above of Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (of the Knicks, in our NBA world) headbutting Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez (usually an employee of the Grizzlies) during a tussle at the FIBA Tournament of the Americas in Argentina. Yahoo! Sports

September 5, 2011 Updates

Former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, a former Magic assistant, knew he was still growing as a coach …..when John Calipari told him he had reached the same observation. Musselman is coaching the Venezuelan national team in the FIBA Americas tournament. Calipari --- the current Kentucky coach --- is leading the Dominican squad. "Talking with John, we both realized that, over here, you have to work on teaching and your communication so much more," said Musselman told me Friday night via Skype. "I know it's making me a better coach." Orlando Sentinel

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There has been a lot of political tension in Venezuela over the past few years. Is it a little better now? Greivis Vasquez: The political tension remains strong, but as an athlete I can only control the sports part. I think sports make people unite and the National Team make people come together no matter what their beliefs are. The soccer team did a great job and now it’s our turn to do our part and unite the country. As Venezuelans, we have to support each other. If we don’t support each other, who’s going to support us? How is the country reacting to Hugo Chavez’s illness? GV: Everybody is talking about it. Whatever happens, he’s the president of Venezuela. No matter what you believe in, you can’t have ill will towards anybody. I hope he gets better. I think he has cancer. It’s a serious disease, but you can recover from it. HoopsHype

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June 18, 2011 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez has taken to the court to give pointers to Venezuelan children as part of a U.S. State Department program aimed at building ties through sports. The Venezuelan player teamed up with former NBA player Darvin Ham and former WNBA Player Kayte Christensen to hold a basketball clinic for children in Caracas. Vasquez said on Friday that the purpose is for children to be motivated and that his message is that "with effort, discipline and sacrifice, all goals are possible." ESPN.com

June 17, 2011 Updates

American coach Eric Musselman on Wednesday was unveiled as the new head coach of Venezuela's men's national team that will look to qualify for the London Olympics at this summer's FIBA Americas Championship. Musselman, a former NBA head coach with the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, takes over the position previously held by Nestor Salazar and will lead the team at the FIBA Americas Championship to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, between 30 August and 11 September. "I will work hard to achieve the objectives set out for Mar del Plata," said the 46-year-old of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation's (FVB) hopes to qualify for the 2012 Games or the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. "I will count on a talented selection, a group of energetic players that will work effectively." FIBA.com

June 16, 2011 Updates
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Three current and former basketball players will be in Venezuela this week, part of a State Department "sports diplomacy" effort at a time of icy relations between the two countries. The State Department will announce that Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez and others are participating in the people-to-people exchange starting this Thursday. The Associated Press obtained details of the trip ahead of its official announcement. Vasquez, along with former NBA player Darvin Ham and former WNBA player Kayte Christensen, will hold basketball clinics for kids and meet with local sports officials. ESPN.com

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