HoopsHype Venezuela rumors

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Eric Musselman has expressed the hope that he will remain in charge of Venezuela when the country hosts the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The American, who was at the helm of the national the past two summers, including this summer when Venezuela staged the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT), saw his contract with the "squadra criolla" expire after the team fell short of the Quarter-Finals. He met with Venezuelan Basketball Federation President Carmelo Cortez after the OQT, and has now stated clearly his hope of staying in the job. "I would like to continue with the national team," said Musselman, who is right now gearing up for another season in the NBDL with Los Angeles D- Fenders. "I feel a special tie with the players and the Venezuelan federation. "I hope to continue talking with Carmelo (Cortez)." FIBA.com

March 7, 2012 Updates
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Allen Iverson, who was close to Guaros de Lara (Venezuela), turned down the proposal and will stay in the United States. Twitter

February 14, 2012 Updates
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Allen Iverson got the proposal by Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara but he hasn't decide whether to accept it or not. The Venezuelan team is in competition with Puerto Rican club Indios de Mayaguez, interested as well in former All-Star player. Sportando

February 9, 2012 Updates

Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara, after the signing of former NBA Smush Parker, made an important offer for Allen Iverson. The negotiations with Greg Moore, Iverson's agent, are going further and the offer is better than the one from Indios de Mayaguez, the Puerto Rican team interested in A.I, according to the Venezuelan team. Sportando

"We are competing with a Puerto Rican team for Allen Iverson. There is a big chance for us to land him" said Jorge Hernandez, owner of Guaros de Lara, to El Nacional. "Our offer to the player is very imporant but we are not revealing it until the deal is close. All the coaching staff is excited to have Allen Iverson in the roster" added Hernandez. Sportando

February 8, 2012 Updates

Venezuelan team Guaros de Lara announced the signing of Smush Parker. Former NBA player comes from Petrochimi in Iran where he has played the WABA League averaging 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.7apg in 3 games. Sportando

January 30, 2012 Updates

Eric Musselman's offseason plans are officially booked. Over the weekend the Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach completed a verbal contract to return to coach the Venezuela National Team for this summer, Musselman informed Ridiculous Upside. "It's important for me to return because the players gave so much to the coaching staff last year," Musselman said via email. "We pushed them hard with the preparation and felt no resistance from the players other than wanting to get better every day." Ridiculous Upside

November 21, 2011 Updates
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Meanwhile, the Eurobasket report about president Hugo Chavez was rebuffed by Robert Gonzalez, Vasquez's agent in Venezuela, and by Rene Rincon, media consultant. "There's nothing with president Chavez. The only thing going on is the Greivis Vasquez project, an initiative to hold basketball clinics all over the country" said Rincon. El Universal

September 9, 2011 Updates
September 6, 2011 Updates

This year's international tournaments are a godsend for basketball fans pining for any glimpse of their NBA favorites. Yet these games are not just fun diversions for the players involved. For most, they're the culmination of years of hard work and a chance to give their home countries a chance to compete in the London Olympics. For others, like Chris Kaman(notes), it's a chance to represent some far-off land where everyone speaks a guttural language they don't understand. That sounds fun, right? So, yes, players care. For proof, just watch the video above of Puerto Rican forward Renaldo Balkman (of the Knicks, in our NBA world) headbutting Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez (usually an employee of the Grizzlies) during a tussle at the FIBA Tournament of the Americas in Argentina. Yahoo! Sports

September 5, 2011 Updates

Former NBA head coach Eric Musselman, a former Magic assistant, knew he was still growing as a coach …..when John Calipari told him he had reached the same observation. Musselman is coaching the Venezuelan national team in the FIBA Americas tournament. Calipari --- the current Kentucky coach --- is leading the Dominican squad. "Talking with John, we both realized that, over here, you have to work on teaching and your communication so much more," said Musselman told me Friday night via Skype. "I know it's making me a better coach." Orlando Sentinel

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There has been a lot of political tension in Venezuela over the past few years. Is it a little better now? Greivis Vasquez: The political tension remains strong, but as an athlete I can only control the sports part. I think sports make people unite and the National Team make people come together no matter what their beliefs are. The soccer team did a great job and now it’s our turn to do our part and unite the country. As Venezuelans, we have to support each other. If we don’t support each other, who’s going to support us? How is the country reacting to Hugo Chavez’s illness? GV: Everybody is talking about it. Whatever happens, he’s the president of Venezuela. No matter what you believe in, you can’t have ill will towards anybody. I hope he gets better. I think he has cancer. It’s a serious disease, but you can recover from it. HoopsHype

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