Nene injures leg, will skip World Championships, Varejao continues to recover

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Brazil was coming into the World Championships with maybe the best front line at the party — Nene, Anderson Varejao and soon-to-be-Spur Tiago Splitter.

nene_brazil.jpgBut now Nene will miss the tournament and Varejao continues to miss games leading up to the tournament.

Nene, of the Denver Nuggets, injured his leg in a warm up game for the tournament (Brazil beat France 58-52, according to the FIBA recap at the Web site for the tournament.

Brazil team doctor Dr Carlos Vicente Andreoli said: “During the game, Nenê felt pain in his right leg and was removed from the game.

“Clinically, he has a muscle strain in the soleus muscle, which requires him to stay still for five to 10 days. Given the time needed for recovery, we decided to remove him from the World (team).”

Nene should be 100 percent for the start of Nuggets training camp.

The Cleveland Cavalier’s Varejao also sat out the game, having sprained his ankle last Tuesday in a warmup game against Spain. He is expected to play in the FIBA World Championships, which start next Saturday (Aug. 28 in Turkey).

Brazil is in the same Group B as the USA for the first round of the tournament.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.