Nene Removes Himself from Brazil’s National Team

Like his name, Nene was very short on details when it comes to why he won’t be playing for his country this summer. The AP reports: “Denver Nuggets center Nene says he will not join Brazil’s national team at the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics. The Brazilian basketball confederation said Nene asked to be released on Friday, citing ‘personal’ and ‘contractual’ reasons. The confederation said Nene’s one-sentence statement did not provide any further explanation for his request.”