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August 20, 2014 Updates

The devastating injury of Paul George reignited the fire in a debate which, practically, never ended. NBA owners are more than reluctant to let their stars play for their countries’ national teams despite the agreement between FIBA and the NBA which even includes every possible detail about their practices. According to Eurohoops sources, the current agreement, ratified back at 2010, is very specific and strict. NBA players are not allowed to train more than five weeks prior to the FIBA tournaments with their national teams, they are not allowed to deviate from “safe training practices”, like running on uneven terrain at mountains and they can’t have a full contact practice for more than two hours per day. Of course the national teams’ medical stuffs are obliged to send detailed medical reports to NBA teams for their players who can’t play for their country if there are medical concerns. That’s how Manu Ginobili is not able to participate in the upcoming FIBA World Cup and one may assume that the deviation from “safe training practices” was the reason behind the absence of Jusuf Nurkic from the Bosnian national team. EuroHoops.net

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August 18, 2014 Updates

Newcomers Andray Blatche and Paul Lee will join the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup starting on August 30. Philippine coach Chot Reyes made the announcement on Monday on his Twitter account. Blatche, who spent this past season with the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA before acquiring Filipino citizenship, will take the place of another naturalized player Marcus Douthit in the lineup. GMANetwork.com

August 15, 2014 Updates
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Team France will finally have their captain Boris Diaw on the court now that his insurance issues with the San Antonio Spurs are cleared. “The matter is settled. It is being finalized, it is a matter of hours,” said Thursday the national technical director Patrick Beesley. ProjectSpurs.com

Jared Dillinger the defensive-minded Meralco off-guard will take the place of Fonacier in the team while Andray Blatche the Brooklyn Net in the National Basketball Association will be the Philippines' naturalized player in Inchon South Korea. Blatche who can more or less offset Iranian center Hamed Haddadi in Korea was naturalized less than two months ago and has in fact been with the Philippine team for the last three weeks counting their rigorous two-week training stint in Miami. Menafn

August 12, 2014 Updates

Clint Capela leaves Swiss National Team due to injury, journalist Omar Gargantini reports. The NBA rookie already travelled to Houston. Capela won’t play with Swiss National Team the three remaining games for Eurobasker 2015 QR. Sportando

August 11, 2014 Updates

Cuban has been railing about NBA player involvement in international competitions for years, decrying the financial payoff that comes to the International Olympic Committee rather than the NBA and its owners, or its players. To that end, Cuban has proposed the NBA develop its own World Cup of Basketball. "For the IOC, basketball is an afterthought," Cuban wrote via e-mail Friday. "We may create more money than any other Summer Olympic sport, but the profits are not re- invested into the NBA, or into developing basketball around the world. They are reinvested in the IOC's bank account. So as a result, the NBA still has to pay to develop the game globally. So its worse than it looks NBA.com

"But if we owned a World Cup, guys would still love playing for their country. The standards for safety, trainers, etc., would be ours. Profits from TV, and there would be profits from TV, would go not just to the NBA/Players, but we could take a big chunk and actually develop the game worldwide. The IOC does nothing to develop basketball. We would be able to do far more because we would own the whole vertical chain "So right now, not only do we not benefit at all, we have to pay to develop the game worldwide and that comes out of the owners' and players' pockets." NBA.com

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern advocated adopting the rules of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, which limits Olympic soccer participation to players 23 and under. But Bryant and other players spoke out strongly against the proposal, and it was quietly shelved. But Stern's proposal still has some support among some NBA teams. "To us, it would make sense to have age limits on this," one team executive said. "That would tell you that you have X number of years of risk to accept." NBA.com

Cuban believes that, despite the additional workload of an NBA-sponsored World Cup for players in the offseason, they and the union would agree to the new arrangement. "There is a huge difference between an exhibition game and a game for your nation," Cuban e-mailed. "No one dives for a loose ball in a pro-am game. In a game for your country you are remembered for generations as a quitter if you don't." NBA.com

August 10, 2014 Updates
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August 6, 2014 Updates

Jerry Colangelo believes a lot of folks missed the point when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was critical of the NBA’s and FIBA’s involvement with the International Basketball Committee. After Indiana’s Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg Friday, sidelining him for the 2014-15 season, Cuban heavily criticized the IOC for raking in all of the dollars pertaining to international basketball, while the NBA and its owners have to absorb all of the risk. Cuban’s comments fueled a national debate and pointed out the unfairness in the IOC’s one-sided financial relationship with the NBA and FIBA. But Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and USA Men’s National Team managing director, viewed the firestorm set off by Cuban in a different manner. “I think people need to read between the lines, which is basically he’s not against international competition,” Colangelo said during a Tuesday conference call. “He’s against international competition when he believes the beneficiary — being the IOC — is getting the money. “So he’s basically saying it’s OK for our players to play internationally if the money goes to the NBA and to the team owners. That’s the difference.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 3, 2014 Updates

In a lengthy e-mail that detailed the benefits of international basketball, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told USA TODAY Sports, "I don't anticipate a major shift in the NBA's participation in international competitions. Of course, there's no doubt that this will be a hot topic at our next NBA Competition meeting in September and our Board of Governors' meeting in October and we will continue to evaluate the pros and cons of participating in international tournaments." USA Today Sports

USA Basketball, the NBA and FIBA are partners, and both FIBA and USA Basketball will continue to push for inclusion of all players regardless of age. "Basketball has unquestionably taken incredible strides since 1992 when NBA players began playing in the Olympics, not to mention, the jump many of our players have made in terms of ability, leadership and passion for the game by playing for their home countries," Silver wrote. "Injuries can happen any place at any time. The experiences our players have enjoyed by participating in their national teams, however, are ones that are unique and special in almost every other way." USA Today Sports

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an outspoken critic of sending NBA players to international events, reasoning the NBA pays the players' salaries and receives no financial benefit. When reached by e-mail on Sunday, Cuban replied, "Nothing to add. Nothing has changed. We are just as dumb today as we were ten years ago." USA Today Sports

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