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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  4 responses

Nene to Miss World Championships

Brazil was dealt a serious blow as their man in the middle suffered too much leg pain to play in the upcoming tourney: “Coach Ruben Magnano has called Le Mans center João Paulo Batista, a member of last year’s gold-medal winning side at the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, into the squad as a replacement. Nenê, who was forced off the court in the 2007-08 NBA campaign with testicular cancer but had an inspirational comeback to remain a major part of the Denver line-up, had been suffering from inflammation in both legs during Brazil’s preparations. He trained with the team for seven days and appeared to fine physically, and played in Friday’s 58-56 friendly defeat to France in Lyon. However, he broke down after just 12 minutes. 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).’ Brazil, who are coached by Argentina’s 2004 Olympic gold-medal winning coach Ruben Magnano, will play in Group B at the FIBA World Championship against the United States, Slovenia, Croatia, Iran and Tunisia.”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Nuggets need him more anyway, rest up and work on your post game.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Too bad but hope he can be healthy for a long season.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    love his game so much.. so aggressive.. the nba needs more big man like him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    And stop playing pick-up soccer games in parks around Denver……

    He is needed this year in Denver more than ever.

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