Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez has announced his withdrawal from the Venezuelan national team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Vasquez, a six-year NBA veteran after playing collegiately at Maryland, signed with the Nets as a free agent earlier this month after playing for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2015-16 season.
Statement from Greivis Vasquez: ”After a great deal of consultation with the Nets and team doctors, I have been advised that unfortunately it will be necessary for me to withdraw from Olympic competition. While it would have been an honor and a dream to join my teammates and represent our country in Rio, the medical staff feels that it is essential that I devote this time to work towards getting healthy for the upcoming NBA season. This will be the best decision, not only for this season, but for my career going forward. I wish the best to my teammates at the Olympic Games and I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to be a part of our national team again in the future.”
Germany star Dennis Schroder and the German Basketball Federation (DBB) have issued a joint statement announcing that the point guard will not take part in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers which tip off on 31 August. Schroder is expected to be the starting point of the Atlanta Hawks and the 22 year old player will return to the States in order to “prepare for the most important season of his career’, according to the DBB statement. “We support Dennis a hundred percent,” said DBB vice-president Armin Andres. “It is a very special situation for Dennis, which can be crucial for his entire career. He is scheduled to enter the starting line-up in Atlanta and he is needed there to undergo intensive and early training with the Hawks. He has our full understanding.” While Schroder was initially poised to lead Germany’s summer bid for a berth in next year’s big event and head coach Chris Fleming will have to modify his plans somewhat, the DBB believe this development could prove beneficial to both the player and German basketball in the near future.
Warriors PR: Warriors center Anderson Varejao to miss 2016 Summer Olympics due to back injury. Full update below: Warriors center Anderson Varejao was examined earlier this week by Dr. Robert Watkins at the Marina Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was diagnosed with a small lower back disc herniation. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but will be forced to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics due to the injury. Varejao recently experienced back pain while participating with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Watkins, a renowned spine specialist.