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April 19, 2014 Updates
April 14, 2014 Updates

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

April 11, 2014 Updates

It's been a long, rewarding ride for Francisco Garcia with the Dominican Republic national team. The NBA guard-forward, however, is saying it will end after this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup. A lynchpin in the side since 2005 when he averaged more than 18 points per game at the FIBA Americas Championship on home soil, Garcia will realize a dream when he competes in a major international tournament for the first time this summer in Spain. At 32 years of age, he thinks the time will be right to call time on his career with the Dominicans. "I always want to be there, but this will be my last one because it's time to pass the baton to the youngsters that are growing up because they, too, deserve the opportunity," Garcia said. FIBA.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

KC Johnson: USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he had lunch with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf last week and got positive updates on DRose. Colangelo: "If Derrick's capable, he's going to find out at camp about where he is. For his own peace of mind, he needs to know that anyway. Twitter @KCJHoop

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will not play for France in this summer's World Cup of Basketball. "It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year." ESPN.com

April 7, 2014 Updates

Dieng, who was named the NBA's Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March, is now hoping that Senegal's national team coach feels the same. "I'm really excited about that. I spoke to the coach (Cheikh Sarr) today," Dieng said in Charlotte. "He's here in the States looking at the college kids and stuff." One of these players may have been Adama "Louis" Adams, a South Carolina State senior point guard from Senegal's AfroBasket team last summer. FIBA.com

Dieng, who was prepping for his first NBA season, was not on that side but he definitely wants to wear the green of Senegal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer in Spain. "I'm very excited to go back and play for my national team, to play for my country." [...]It's clear that representing Senegal is his next priority. "I'm looking forward to going back and fight for my country. Whatever it takes. If they need me to score, I can score. If they need me to protect the rim, I can do. It's not me to decide what I want to do. It's how the coach wants to use me. I will do whatever the coach wants (me to do). FIBA.com

April 2, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has approved Senate Bill 2108 which seeks to grant Filipino citizenship to American basketball player Andray Blatche on Tuesday, April 1, bringing the Smart Gilas team one step closer to obtaining the big man they need to compete on the world stage. Without any objections, the Senate version of Blatche's naturalization bill sponsored by Senator Edgardo 'Sonny' Angara has been approved while Committee Chairman Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel shall ask a sub-committee report on Blatche's desire to play for the country. Rappler

Both Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes and current naturalized big man Marcus Douthit believes it will be a doable task since both have talked to Blatche, who plays for the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets. "In our first conversation (with Blatche) I asked him if he really wants to do this," recalled Reyes. "He knows that he has to give up the (NBA) offseason and practice (for Gilas). My job is to give our team the best representation. We want to play the right way. I don't think there is another NBA player as willing as Blatche; I feel he'll boost our chances." Rappler

March 27, 2014 Updates

Ilyasova admitted the injury could affect his participation with Turkey in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, scheduled to be held in Spain in late August and early September. "He (Ferkel) said, 'It's about your career,'" Ilyasova said. "I will discuss with it the federation and the national team and I will probably not go there. First things first. I have to figure out things and get it better. In July training camps start and that's when we will start the discussion. Most likely I'm not going to go." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 25, 2014 Updates

With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic's results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. "Sometimes, it is too many games," Dragic said. "I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I'm going to play or not. I'm thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season. Arizona Republic

"That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you're a star and now you don't want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don't know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I'm more on the plane than in my car." Arizona Republic

March 11, 2014 Updates
February 26, 2014 Updates

Andrew Bogut is likely to wait until the end of the NBA season before deciding whether his body can handle playing a World Cup campaign for Australia. The 29-year-old has had a horror run of injuries in recent years, including a shoulder issue that saw him miss seven games for the Golden State Warriors this month. Last November Bogut said he was "up in the air" about representing the Boomers at this August's showpiece in Spain because he was concerned about the strain on his body. ninemsn

February 25, 2014 Updates

At 36, Manu Ginobili, the hero of Argentina's 2004 Olympic gold medal team, knows this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain might be the last time he and his teammates from that year play together on their national team. Nevertheless, Ginobili said he will wait until the end of the Spurs' season before deciding about playing in the recently renamed FIBA world championship tournament. “Nothing changed in a year-and-a-half,” Ginoibli said, elaborating on recent comments reported by ESPN Deportes. “I never said I wasn't going to play. I never confirmed I was going to play. It's a matter of time and how my body feels. “I really couldn't say I was not going to play because I still feel part of the team and the group, so the thing I said is that if my body is like last year, it's going to be hard because I wasn't ready then.” San Antonio Express-News

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