HoopsHype Brazil rumors

November 20, 2013 Updates

The plan, sources say, is for Barbosa to launch his recovery from knee surgery -- after suffering an ACL tear last February -- by getting back into game action with the Brazilian club. Word is he's looking good at this stage of his recovery, which figures to make him an attractive target for teams scouring the open market in search of an in-season infusion of bench scoring. ESPN.com

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Last summer, Nene decided to stay away from basketball to let his body heal and received a negative backlash when Brazil went winless in the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela. “If people want to boo because of the national team and those things, they should boo me,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Because I really thought this was a summer that Nene needed to take off for his body. The summer before he played, he had plantar fasciitis, and played through it. His body needed a recovery. And when you play 100 games, alright, like we do and you get to a point in your career where your body breaks down a little bit, you’ve got to let it recover. That’s what I wanted him to do. So if Brazil wants to be mad, don’t be mad at Nene, be mad at me.” Washington Post

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Noah: "To be able to share moments like this can only be good. It's special to represent the Bulls in the first-ever NBA game in Brazil, which is a special place." Deng: "There are a lot of NBA fans here and we're happy for them to get an opportunity to watch us live. It's an honor to be a part of this." Derrick Rose: "I'm running on fumes right now, but it's still an honor being here." And for anyone worrying about Thibodeau going soft in the spirit of ambassadorship, think again. "A gym is a gym," Rose said. "You can put us anywhere and Thibs is going to have us working." Chicago Tribune

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Dennis Rodman says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has asked him to train his players to compete in the 2016 Olympics. Days after returning from his second trip to visit Kim Jong Un — in which he said he became the first foreigner to hold the leader’s newborn daughter — Rodman announced plans Monday to stage two exhibition games in North Korea in January. Chicago Sun-Times

And Rodman, who joked that he hadn’t drawn such a crowd in New York since he wore a wedding dress to a book signing, was adamant that this venture was serious — “groundbreaking,” in Rodman’s words. “People think this is a gimmick. I would love to make this a gimmick ... but it’s not about the money,” he said. Chicago Sun-Times

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He has a personality that splashes everywhere and a big laugh to match. Not quite a Magic Johnson shakes-the-walls laugh, but not far off either. Except that Oscar Schmidt is being serious now. He said he would have been one of the 10 best players in the NBA if the basketball world had been different in the 1970s and ‘80s, and he came to the United States. And not one of the 10 best in the league. One of the 10 best ever, “Yes,” Schmidt said. “Anytime. It was easier, because in the NBA at that time it was one-on-one, always. One-on-one, I’m free. If it comes to two players guarding me, maybe.” Insert big laugh. “I would be one of the best 10 ever.” NBA.com

Signing with the NBA at that time would have meant being ineligible for the national team, and Schmidt was not willing to make that tradeoff. The Nets pursued him three years in a row, he said, but no way. After the rules were changed to allow the Dream Team to play in the 1992 Olympics, sure, except that Schmidt was 34 by the time of the historic Barcelona Games. It would be different under the current rules. “Give me two months of practice, I kill everybody else,” he said Saturday at the Hall of Fame, the day before the induction ceremony. Another big laugh. “There was not a price [the Nets could have offered]. There was national team. That’s it. The national team doesn’t have a price. It’s proud. It’s what you live for. And today, people don’t like to play for the national team. That’s very sad for me.” NBA.com

Schmidt was asked what he would have averaged in the NBA and said, “One point a minute. Twenty minutes, 20 points. Forty minutes, maybe 60.” C’mon. Get serious. “Did you see me play?” Schmidt fired back. But a point a minute? “One point a minute at least,” he said. “Do you know how many hours I practiced a day.” Eight, he answered. NBA.com

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