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May 15, 2014 Updates
May 13, 2014 Updates

Ognen Kuzmic wanted a long time ago to play for the Serbian national team and he will probably do it this summer at Spain in the upcoming FIBA World Cup. The center of Golden State Warriors denied last year to play for Bosnia, though he’s born in Doboj declaring that his wish is to play for Serbia. EuroHoops.net

Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol said that he will play in FIBA World Cup with Spanish National Team. “I am available for World Cup” Gasol said as reported by EFE. “My season ended one week ago but I am looking forward to play again” added Gasol. Sportando

May 7, 2014 Updates

Delfino wants to make something very clear to the fans in Argentina, and in the NBA. "I want to play [at the World Cup]," the 31-year-old said. "It's important to make that clear: 'Does Delfino want to play at the World Cup? Yes, he wants to play.' "Of course I want to. But it doesn't just depend on me." FIBA Americas

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The Finns, meanwhile, have announced a 26-strong preliminary squad for this summer. Finland preliminary squad for FIBA Baskeball World Cup: Roope Ahonen, Joonas Caven, Samuel Haanpaa, Shawn Huff, Antti Kanervo, Ville Kaunisto, Mikko Koivisto, Petteri Koponen, Tuukka Kotti, Gerald Lee Jr, Antero Lehto, Carl Lindbom, Oskar Michelsen, Alex Murphy, Erik Murphy, Kiummo Muurinen, Vesa Makalainen, Hanno Mottola, Antto Nikkarinen, Antti Nikkila, Matti Nuutinen, Anton Odabasi, Julius Rajala, Teemu Rannikko, Sasu Salin and Samuli Vanttaja. FIBA.com

April 19, 2014 Updates
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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

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