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Gilas Pilipinas is offering Blatche a chance to carry pride and glory to a loyal, basketball-loving nation. And he is not remiss in acknowledging this opportunity when asked about his current thoughts about the prospect of playing for the Philippines: “I am excited; this is something new. It is a blessing for this opportunity. Hopefully, I can share my talent in helping the Philippines.” NBA.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

A few days, you said you were waiting for the Spanish Basketball Federation to tell you if they wanted you to play the World Championship. Any update about that? Nikola Mirotic: Nothing. I haven't read anything about it and nobody has contacted me. I spoke my mind, but I don't have any problem with the Federation and I will respect any decision they make. But will you get angry if they say no? Mirotic: There wouldn't be any problem, like there was no problem before. But we will have to wait for their decision and then we'll see how I feel. As

March 27, 2014 Updates
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Erik Murphy wants to play 2014 FIBA World Championship. Murphy, whose mother is Finnish, has decided to play for Finland national basketball team. "I want to go to Spain and try to fit in with the teamand do whatever I can to help the team win games. I don't know what my role will be or what they expect to me, but playing for your country is always something special". Sportando

March 17, 2014 Updates

Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid said that he wants to play for Spanish National Team next summer. Mirotic, who has a passport from Montenegro and Spain, missed Eurobasket 2013, but now he intends to play FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer. "I want to play for Spain. I don’t want that people have doubt about me. I hope that Spanish federation will publicly say if they want Serge Ibaka or me to play” said Mirotic. Sportando

March 16, 2014 Updates

Are you following the events in Ukraine? Pooh Jeter: Oh yeah. My teammates and coaches with Ukraine, we all talk about it. I just pray for them. I just hope they continue to be safe. I hope they come to an agreement. It's crazy how things work. Since I have a citizenship and I'm part of the Ukraine situation, I've got to fight with them. You know, I have to support them and make sure all my brothers and everybody that I know in Kiev is safe. I played there my first year in Europe so I have a strong connection with everybody in the city. Hopefully everything is better by the time we start training camp. I don't know if we will have training camp there. We will play the World Championship for the first time, the following year we will host the Eurobasket... I just hope for a peaceful resolution. HoopsHype

Were you aware about this situation, about this divide in Ukraine between the Russian-speaking people and the rest of the country? Pooh Jeter: I had no clue until I saw it on the news and read about it. Then I was asking people what's going on and then they told me. With individuals like Sasha Volvov and the other people at the Ukraine Basketball Federation, I know everything will work out [basketball-wise]. I just hope nobody dies anymore because of this situation. I've been in touch with coach Mike Fratello and my teammates and they keep me updated. Also my friends in Kiev. I care because I'm part of them now. It's not like I took advantage of an opportunity and then I leave it alone... I have friendships with this people and I speak with them all the time. Once you join a team, you gotta ride with your team. HoopsHype

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Gigi Datome of the Pistons confirmed that he will play for Italian National Team next summer. Italy missed the qualification at FIBA World Cup and will play Eurobasket QR against Russia and Switzerland. Datome is playing his rookie season in the NBA with the Pistons averaging 2.5ppg in just 27 games played. “It is obvious that we would have preferred to play FIBA World Cup because we deserved to play in Spain. Our next goal is to get the pass for Eurobasket 2015. I will play for Italy next summer” said Datome to Repubblica. Sportando

March 11, 2014 Updates

Andray Blatche moved a step closer to becoming eligible to play for the Philippines national team, which is reportedly competing in the FIBA World Cup in Spain this summer. On Monday, the nation’s House of Representatives approved the naturalization of Blatche, according to a report by ABS-CBN, a Filipino media company. A bill granting Blatche citizenship is still pending in the Senate, the report said. ... Paul Pierce became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 1,900 3-pointers on Monday. New York Daily News

March 9, 2014 Updates

Imagine USA Basketball and other top basketball nations trying to qualify for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball without access to their best players. That's exactly what will happen when national teams begin playing home-and-home qualifying games in 2017 for the 2019 World Cup. National basketball federations knew FIBA was moving toward a FIFA-style qualifying system used for soccer's World Cup, but it wasn't revealed until recently that some of the six FIBA World Cup qualifying windows will coincide with NBA training camps, regular-season play and possibly the postseason. USA Today Sports

In soccer, pro leagues around the world take a break for World Cup qualifying. It's called the international break, where England's Premier League stops play so its national team can play, say Spain, in a qualifier. Spain's La Liga takes a break, too, so the two nations can play a home-and-home series in the span of a week and have access to their top players. The NBA does not plan on taking such a break to allow its players to participate, but FIBA will try to convince other pro leagues to take a break during qualifying windows which fall during the season. USA Today Sports

Using college players in November and February seems unlikely. Even if it were possible to schedule a qualifying game where a player from Kansas would be available, how willing would Jayhawks coach Bill Self be to let a player participate in one of those games when he's trying to win a conference and national championship? D-League players and Americans playing overseas might be the best option for some games. "We have to look at everything," Tooley said. USA Today Sports

March 5, 2014 Updates

Motiejunas predicts Lithuania will be a tough opponent. "The team is going to do its best in Spain. I hope that Lithuanian basketball will write another beautiful page in the country's history," he said. For the time being though Motiejunas is focused on having a great season with the Rockets, who are fifth in the NBA's Western Conference with 40 wins and 19 losses. After struggling in his rookie season, Motiejunas is proving this year that he can be a solid back-up. "Last year was a bit difficult because I didn't spend a lot of time on the court," he recalled. "But I had no choice but to keep working hard in order to convince the coach to give me the opportunity to show what I can do. "Things have been going well for the team and myself and I hope that it will last." FIBA.com

February 25, 2014 Updates

Having bounced back from an injury plagued 2012-13 season, Ginobili said he’s open to competing for his native country at this summer’s FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain. Provided, of course, his body holds up. “Nothing changed,” he said. “I never said I wasn’t going to play (again), I never confirmed I was going to play. It’s a matter of time, how my body feels. But yeah, I really couldn’t say I couldn’t play because I still feel part of that team. So the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it’s going to be hard. “It’s very hard (to let that go). I’ve always enjoyed playing with my teammates and representing my country. If not, I would have (retired) maybe three years ago, even before the last Olympics. It’s something I really enjoy doing.” San Antonio Express-News

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