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February 12, 2014 Updates

For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team. It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season. “I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.” CSNNW.com

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Here is the procedure for the Official Draw of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place on Monday 3 February at 7pm (CET). The 24 teams have been classified on the basis of the FIBA Ranking Men as well as geographical principles with teams from the same continent being evenly distributed in six teams pots. Teams will be picked from these pots and placed into the four Preliminary Round groups – A, B, C and D. Pot 1: Argentina, Lithuania, Spain and USA. This pot consists of the top four teams in FIBA’s Men Ranking (#1 USA; #2 Spain; #3 Argentina; #4 Lithuania). FIBA.com

Mirza Teletovic won’t get a chance to compete in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball this fall after Bosnia and Herzegovina was passed over for one of the four wild-card entries into the competition, which will be held in Spain in September. “I didn’t like it. I thought Bosnia deserved it, being in European Championships for nine years and having hosting the juniors and Eurobaskets” he said. “We’ve just made an amazing step and to me, it’s crazy that Bosnia didn’t get it. But it is what it is. “Bosnia is a small country, you know? It’s their decision. I don’t like it. But that’s OK.” New York Post

Traditional powers Brazil, Turkey and Greece were selected, as was Finland, a bid that came with some measure of controversy because the Finnish bid was backed by Rovio — the company behind the hugely popular “Angry Birds” video game franchise — pledging to advertise for the tournament if its home country received one of the four wild-card spots. “I don’t think so,” Teletovic said when asked if reasons outside of basketball should affect which teams qualify. “I think it should be deserved. I think they should look at the past five or six years, who is making good results, who is playing and who has always been fair, not which players do they have and media and market coverage.” New York Post

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Jose Ignacio Huguet: China and Russia, out of Spain Basketball World Cup 2014. Wild cards will go for Brazil, Turkey, Greece and... Finland or Venezuela. Twitter @josehuguet

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