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Anderson Varejao injured in international game, will be out one week

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UPDATE 12:02 pm: The Brazilian doctors have taken an MRI of Varejao’s right ankle and there is no serious damage. In fact, he could play tomorrow, according to Cleveland AP writer Tom Withers.

Also, the Cavaliers have spoken to Varejao and know this is nothing serious.

8:56 am: Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao suffered an ankle injury severe enough to be taken to the hospital, but apparently will only be out of action about a week.

Varejao’s Brazilian team was taking on Spain in a warm-up for the upcoming FIBA World Championships when Spain’s Fran Vazquez fell on him causing the injury, as first reported here by NBA.com’s Sam Amico. And for those wondering, yes, that would be the same Fran Vazquez who was drafted by and spurned Orlando.

Reports on the severity of the injury are sketchy, but international basketball journalist Juan Carlos Mozo says the newspaper reports say Varejao will be out a week (found by Matt Moore for the NBA Facts & Rumors blog).

If true, that would have Varejao back in time for the start of the World Championships, or at least only a game or two into it. Cleveland fans hope it is true, because Varejao is one of he few things to look forward to for the Cavaliers this season. That and lottery parites.

By the way, Spain thumped Brazil 84-68. The Spanish could pull off the World Cup/basketball World Championships double this year.

Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico submit their final rosters for the FIBA World Championships

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marc-gasol.jpgThe selection process for Team USA rages on (and likely will until the 11th hour), but three teams — Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico — have finalized their rosters for the FIBA World Championships. Take a look:


G José Calderon
G Rudy Fernandez
F Jorge Garbajosa
C Marc Gasol
F Álex Mumbrú
G Juan Carlos Navarro
FC Felipe Reyes
G Ricky Rubio
F Fernando San Emeterio
F Victor Claver
FC Fran José Vázquez
G Sergio Llull

Added Fernando San Emeterio, Victor Claver, Fran José Vázquez, and Sergio Llull. Dropped Pau Gasol, Carlos Jiménez, Raúl Lopez, and Berni Rodriguez.


Pau Gasol’s presence would have made Spain the obvious favorites to take the World Championship, but as it stands the Spanish national team is more or less on-par with the Americans. It’s worth noting that of the 12 players on Spain’s roster, nine of them have NBA ties.


G Carlos Delfino
C Román González
C Juan Pedro Gutiérrez
F Leonardo Gutiérrez
F Federico Kammerichs
F Andres Nocioni
C Fabricio Oberto
G Pablo Prigioni
G Paolo Quinteros
F Luis Scola
G Juan Pablo Cantero
F Hernán Jasen

Added Juan Pablo Cantero and Hernán Jasen. Dropped Antonio Porta and Manu Ginobili.


With national team regular Manu Ginobili watching from the sidelines this summer, Argentina will rely even more heavily on NBAers Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino. Delfino has played a point-guardish role for Argentina before, and he should be able to replicate Ginobili’s ability to run the offense while still acting as a scoring threat (though obviously without Manu’s high-level production and signature flair). Argentina may have lost its top player and a natural leader, but there’s still plenty of talent here.


C Peter John Ramos
G J.J. Barea
G Carlos Arroyo
G Christian Dalmau
G Larry Ayuso
F Angel Daniel Vassallo
F Ricardo Sanchez
C Daniel Santiago
F Renaldo Balkman
F Carmelo Antrone Lee
F Nathan Anthony Peavy
G Filiberto Rivera

N/A – Puerto Rico didn’t qualify.


The Puerto Rican team is a bit guard-heavy in its orientation, but those guards are talented enough to make PR an interesting squad. Still, they’re a good ways down the World Championship pecking order, and aren’t quite in the same tier as either Spain or Argentina. However, as Jay Aych noted at The Painted Area, Puerto Rico should have something of an advantage chemistry-wise after competing together through most of the summer (they’ve already played through Centrobasket and the Centro American Games). This is also Denver Nugget Renaldo Balkman’s first summer playing for Puerto Rico.