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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
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
There’s also one more open case about Mirotic and that has to do with his FIBA World Cup participation. Spanish national team coach Juan Antonio Orenga traveled to New Orleans and it seems that he prefers to include Serge Ibaka to the team, whose season with OKC is impressive. EuroHoops.net
Colangelo was referring to Greece's 101-95 triumph over the USA in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. "We lost our only game, our only blemish on our record of 62-1," Colangelo said. "From that point on, we've been undefeated. We've learned. "We've shown the respect that I referred to, and I think that people have shown respect us for what we've accomplished. "The good news is that our pipeline is full. The young players all aspire to represent their country, so, so far, so good. "It's been great but the important thing is to keep it going." FIBA.com
"I was very unhappy back in 2004 when the USA finished third at the Olympics, not so much for finishing third but how they looked, how they acted," Colangelo said. "To me, there is a way to conduct yourself both on and off the floor. "So that all had to change. "I'm proud to be an American, I’m proud to represent the USA on the international stage, I love the game. I have a passion for the game. So for me, it's giving back to the game that I love so much." FIBA.com
"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com
Harden was in Barcelona before the Olympics when the USA played Argentina and Spain in friendly games. "What else is more beautiful than Spain?" he said. "It's a beautiful place. I love it there." FIBA.com
Harden won the Olympic title in 2012 but has yet to feature at a World Cup. "It's always beautiful to compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and represent my country," the Houston Rockets star said. Having the chance to go to Bilbao, where the USA will compete in Group B with New Zealand, Turkey, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic and Finland, makes Harden want to be with the United States squad even more. FIBA.com
Joakim Noah: I won't play the World Championship in Spain. I'm very happy for what my teammates did at the last Eurobasket, espcially Tony [Parker]. I don't know how I could help them. It's hard to play all year long, do that kind of sacrifice. Lance!
Tony Parker on his chances to play the World Championship: To be honest with you, there's not many chances that I will play the World Championship. We'll see how I am at the end of the season, how I feel. Lance!
That’s another aspect of Aldridge that’s evolved – that he is thinking of his career in the long view, picturing how he will adjust. He said he plans to play for Team USA in the World Cup this summer and would also like to play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, which will be held shortly after his 31st birthday. Oregonian
Having already donned the gold strip of his country at junior and senior level, the Lake Ginninderra College student's rise to NBA prospect prompted fears he might walk away from Australia. However, he put those concerns to bed on Friday, declaring himself available for the Boomers in this year's world championship in September in Spain. "I've made it clear to my agent that he's got to put that into any contract I sign with a team that I will be available for those world champs,'' he said. Canberra Times
Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu was present in Athens, Greece, and before the game between Olympiacos and Anadolu Efes he spoke about almost every matter of Euroleague. However the most important part of the press conference was the way he presented the possible expansion of the NBA to Europe under the terms of the American league as almost an impossible plan. That’s why according to him the cooperation with Euroleague should be considered the only way for this to be done. Jordi Bertomeu: “My answer is the same with David Stern’s answers. Every time this subject comes up, he says that he will think about it for the next ten years and every one starts to talk about it. In order for the NBA to come, there should be 5-6 really strong teams in Europe in league with a 130 million USD financial turnover. That means tickets which will cost 100 euros per average and at least 150 sold outs. Our television partners should pay ten times more for the rights. And we also have to answer how the salary cup will work under a possible six different taxation laws. There are many legal issues. A lot of people talks about NBA in Europe, but not about those matters. My place is to give answers. It’s easy to make the questions. Adam Silver, the new commissioner, is a great contributor to the sport. We have met and I think that we have a future together. We want to increase our cooperation and we want to see things realistically”. EuroHoops.net
He has yet to make a decision about playing at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, where France will play in Group A against the host nation, Serbia, Brazil, Iran and Egypt. Parker is to become a father for the first time in several months and has also been carrying some knocks this season, but he is leaving the door open. "We'll see how I feel at the end of the campaign," Parker said to lequipe.fr. "I'll make my decision at that time." FIBA.com
Parker's France and San Antonio teammate, Boris Diaw, is telling his buddy to play. Diaw laughed and said to lequipe.fr: "I tell him every day he has to come, but I understand that it depends on how he feels." FIBA.com
For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team. It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season. “I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.” CSNNW.com
When Rockets center Omer Asik saw the FIBA World Cup groups, pitting his Turkish national team against the United States and teammate Dwight Howard, his reaction was different from others. “I really did not care,” he said. Houston Chronicle
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