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  1. Steve Nash didn’t play for Canada but wants to lead team

    Sep 14, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    It was a disappointment when Canada — working hard to build up its national basketball team — failed to make even next summers pre-Olympics second chance qualifying tournament this summer. Canada was just not impressive at the FIBA Americas tournament. Of course, they were without the best Canadian player, Steve Nash. Or Tristan Thompson. Or…

  2. Brazil, Argentina punch their tickets to London Olympics

    Sep 11, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    Emanuel Ginobili, of Argentina, celebrat

    Coming in to the FIBA Americas tournament, anything less than making the championship game — and with that earning a berth in next summer’s Olympics — would have been a let down for Argentina. They were the best team in the tournament on paper with a lineup that included Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino…

  3. Two South American Olympic bids decided Saturday

    Sep 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    ARG_vs_PAR_102

    It all comes down to one game. Well, two games, actually. Brazil vs. the Dominican Republic. Argentina vs. Puerto Rico. Those are your two semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday. But if your goal is a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, these are the big games. Win Saturday and you are in,…

  4. Gary Forbes unhappy with Panama national team’s resources

    Sep 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Forbes_Gary

    In his third and final dairy entry for SLAM Online about the FIBA Americas tournament, Nuggets player Gary Forbes had some interesting things to say. Forbes played for Panama, who was 1-5 at the time of Forbes’ third diary entry, and Forbes believes that the team’s lack of resources were a major cause for their…

  5. Final four set for FIBA Americas, Venezuela finishes fifth

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    The final four for the FIBA Americas is set — Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will play Saturday for berths in the 2012 London Olympics. If you haven’t been watching (what, you don’t stream international hoops games at your desk in the morning?) just know that this is fitting — they’ve been…

  6. Video: Watch Renaldo Balkman headbutt Greivis Vasquez

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

    Renaldo Balkman (L) of Puerto Rico fight

    Monday’s game between Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the FIBA America’s Tournament carried a lot of weight – Puerto Rico is fighting for one of the two 2012 Olympics berths from the event, Venezuela is battling with Canada and Uruguay to get fifth place and the invite to the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year. Which…

  7. Final eight teams set in FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier

    Sep 5, 2011, 8:03 AM EST

    Argentina's Ginobili goes to the basket under pressure from Panama's Pomare, Lloreda and Warren during the FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Mar del Plata

    We are through the group stage of the FIBA Americas tournament. Long live the Group Stage, part two. After the first round of games in Argentina, two teams have been eliminated — Cuba and Paraguay. So we are down to eight and the second round of group play — because who doesn’t love more group…

  8. FIBA Americas opens Tuesday, watch out for Argentina

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    manu-ginobili-argentina-fiba-americas-championship

    Argentina is one stacked squad. And they are playing at home. Which is why everyone expects them to exit with one of the two Olympic berths to be handed out at the FIBA Americas Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. The top two finishers in the 10-team Americas tournament get an automatic…

  9. Calipari to have his Dominican team play his Kentucky guys

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    In case you missed it Kentucky coach John Calipari is the coach of the Dominican Republic’s national basketball team this summer as it tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. They’re a long shot (despite having NBA players Francisco Garcia, Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva), but Calipari wants to help out of the goodness…

  10. Matt Bonner isn’t Canadian enough, apparently

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Matt Bonner

    Matt Bonner wants to be Canadian. And not in the “put a maple leaf on your bag as you travel through Europe so you don’t have to try and explain American politics” kind of way. He played for the Raptors, lives in Toronto in the off-season, his wife and daughter are Canadian, and he wants…

  11. Spurs’ Splitter gets insurance, will play for Brazil

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Reggie Williams,  Al Thornton, Tiago Splitter

    Suddenly NBA players are like a lot of Americans — without health insurance. Which is a big problem for the international players who want to help their teams qualify for the 2012 London Olympics through a series of FIBA Tournaments around the globe. Insurance doesn’t just have to cover treatment and rehab of an injury,…

  12. Nene will not play for Brazil this summer, sign of free agency

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    This summer, from Argentina to Lithuania, international basketball tournaments will be taking place with berths in the 2012 London Olympics at stake. But NBA contracts and the lockout will play a role. For example, soon to be free agent Nene will not be playing for Brazil this summer, according to the Associated Press. The Brazilian…

  13. Manu Ginobili working out but not back on court yet

    Jun 20, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    At the end of July, Manu Ginobili will join his fellow Argentinians on the national team, which will host and compete in the FIBA Americas tournament (where London Olympic berths will be on the line). But for now, he is staying off the court on doctor’s orders, he told Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili…

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