FIBA Americas Rumors
According to Team Argentina head coach Sergio Hernandez, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili will not play for his home country at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Monterrey, Mexico. “Ginobili is not going to be in Monterrey. I have the authority to say that he will not be part of this tournament. He is going through a long season in the NBA and it is an important moment in his career.” said Hernandez during an interview with the radio program” One on One.” This will be the second summer in a row Manu will not suit up for Team Argentina. Last summer, he held himself out due to injury. Considering Manu has been banged up a few times during this NBA season and his age, it is not too surprising he will not play in Mexico.
Luckily for Thompson, and perhaps the Cavs, he had a great opportunity to work on the switch in game conditions as the Canadians competed in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. “It was picture perfect,” Thompson said of the chance to compete at such a high level. “You can drill it. You can have dummy defense. But nothing’s like the game. So I used that time to try to qualify and represent my country but also to gain game experience with the right hand. It was a great experience, getting 15 or 20 games under my belt with the right hand. It was a positive.”
12 Sep 13
Gustavo Ayón and Mexico completed their improbable run to the FIBA Americas Championship game with a 91-89 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night. Ayón scored 20 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds to complete a magnificent individual tournament performance that crowned him MVP. Ayón also made the all-tournament team, averaging 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. Puerto Rico and Mexico exchanged leads throughout the fourth quarter, and the Puerto Ricans missed an open three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.
Brian Mahoney: Gustavo Ayon the FIBA Americas MVP after leading Mexico to title over Puerto Rico. Argentina 3rd. Scola’s 3 straight FIBA America MVPs over.
08 Sep 13
07 Sep 13
One of the more peculiar developments of the NBA offseason has been the switch of Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson to become a right-handed shooter. Previously, the fellow Brampton, Ontario, native as No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett also shot with his left hand. Not anymore, as we’ve learned last month. Sunday afternoon, Rogers Sportsnet’s Michael Grange lit up the NBA world with this tweet: “Update: Tristan Thompson is now 29/37 (78%) FTs right-handed over nine games. Was 58% career as a lefty.”
“It’s not an issue of whether you’re going to play or get minutes, the most important thing is that we went out to win a championship,” Anthony said. “That’s my goal. At the start of the season I’m not thinking if I’m going to get minutes or not, instead it’s about getting that title. As that goal was reached, there’s no reason to go anywhere else.”
Joel Anthony has one thing quite clear: to retire with the Heat. “Of course I want to retire with Miami,” the center pointed out after opening the FIBA Americas 2013 Championship with a win over Jamaica. “It’s the team that gave me the opportunity, the team that I’ve played my six years on in the NBA and there’s no reason for me to leave.”
Puerto Rico drew Brazil for their first game of the tournament, making it a matchup of the top two teams in the tournament and a likely preview of the eventual championship game. The game lived up to its billing, too, considering the score was 62-61 with 2:28 left in the game before Renaldo Balkman rattled off five straight points to help his country score an eventual 72-65 victory. Balkman, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2006, scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots while playing 37 of the game’s 40 minutes — and he didn’t even choke a teammate in the process. Former Boston University standout John Holland added 15 points and nine rebounds while Minnesota Timberwolves dynamo J.J. Barea struggled to 12 points on 11 shot attempts, committing four turnovers in the process. Other notables on the Puerto Rican squad include Carlos Arroyo (7 points, 2-of-9 shooting), Ricky Sanchez (four points, four rebounds and four fouls) and former USC star — and current 36-year-old chucker — Larry Ayuso (two points, four fouls, five shots). The only NBA player on the Brazil roster is Utah Jazz draft pick Raul Neto because Nene, Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao all decided to sit this tournament out.
At least 15 NBA assistant coaches, scouts, referees and former NBA coaches are working for national teams at the FIBA Americas, which began Friday in Venezuela, and Eurobasket, which starts Wednesday in Slovenia. The top four teams in Venezuela and the top six teams in Slovenia qualify for the 2014 World Cup. “A lot of the NBA personnel feel they can learn from the international game, and I also think that at the same time, the international teams view the NBA as the best league in the world and they want to use some of the people who prepare and have to know all about getting ready for an 82-game season,” Canada national team coach and Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano said.
Venezuela star Greivis Vasquez has admitted defeat in his bid to recover from an ankle operation in time to play at the FIBA Americas Championship. The explosive NBA guard, traded earlier this summer from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Sacramento Kings, was desperate to play in front of his home-town fans in Caracas for the second consecutive summer but will have to settle for being a fan as the Venezuelans attempt to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. “My ankle is much better and Dr (Richard) Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction,” he said. “He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level.
Greivis Vazquez confirmed that he won’t be able to play in the FIBA Americas Championship with Venezuela. The NBA guard is still recovering from an ankle surgery
Anderson Varejao, power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, asked to be excluded from the Brazilian national team that will play the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. Varejao argued that he is still recovering from a thigh injury in his right leg, which caused two clots that caused a pulmonary embolism. The player is undergoing physical therapy, muscle strengthening and physical conditioning to recover for the NBA season.
Stars Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Omer Asik headline an impressive 20-strong preliminary squad for EuroBasket 2013 that the Turkish federation made public on Wednesday. The list of Turkey head coach Bogdan Tanjevic is an ambitious mix of old and new with the only big-name absence being that of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, which was however already announced in the spring.
The power forward for the Detroit Pistons, Charlie Villanueva, announced yesterday via his Twitter account that he will not be a part of the National Team of the Dominican Republic that will participate in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. Villanueva posted three photos, including one of his tattoo of the Dominican flag and added a message. “I will talk about the issue of the DR (Dominican Republic) now, so they do ‘not lie to me, as they did last year. Thanks, and I love my country so much,” he wrote. “I will concentrate my game in the United States because this is an important year for me. Love my country but I’m just focused on my family and career,” said Villanueva.
The pivot Nene Hilario officiated his request for waiver of the Brazilian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, from August 30 to September 11. According to the report of the orthopedic surgeon and chief medical officer of the Washington Wizards, Dr. Marc Connell, the player is recovering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot and problems in his right knee that prevent him from returning to train before the end September.
Splitter’s withdrawal leaves coach Ruben Magnano with 19 players from the preliminary squad, including Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa. The two veterans had their NBA seasons cut short with Cleveland and Boston, respectively, by injuries.
Splitter cites a “physical recovery program” he has to undertake after a grueling campaign that ended last month with a Game 7 defeat to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The 2.11m pivot, who is expected to sign a new four-year deal worth $36million with the Spurs, says he also must concentrate on contract negotiations. Splitter finished his letter by saying: “I make myself available for future call-ups.”
Brazil will have plenty of talent and experience when they compete at the FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Caracas. For the first time in a very long time, however, veteran center Tiago Splitter will not be with the team. The San Antonio Spurs star, who made his Olympic debut last summer and helped the national side reach the Quarter-Finals, has sent a letter to Brazil Basketball Confederation President Carlos Nunes and Secretary General Edio Jose Alves explaining the need to withdraw from this year’s group.