Asi Taulava. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

At 42, veteran Asi Taulava may not have many more chances left to play the game he loves.

He doesn’t want to waste any opportunity that comes his way, including the biggest of them all, a return stint with the Philippine national men’s basketball team.

“It’s awesome. It’s a great feeling to be back with the guys in the national pool,” wrote Taulava in a text message to InterAksyon.com.

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Compton unsure how Abueva will fit with Gilas (July 30, 2015)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

Alaska's Calvin Abueva

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton admitted Wednesday that he is unsure how Calvin Abueva's game will translate on the international basketball stage.

Abueva will reportedly be included in a pool of PBA players who will represent the Philippines in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships in China later this year.

"In terms of coming in, I don't know if he'll be great or mediocre or not," Compton said of his energetic forward. "I'm really glad we have him (in Alaska). You guys have seen what he can do."

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Andre Miller agrees with Timberwolves (July 30, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Professor will be holding office hours in Minnesota next season.

Andre Miller agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a one-year deal on Wednesday, his agent, Andy Miller, told The Associated Press.

Adding Miller, 39, gives the young Wolves a quality, veteran point guard to join a rotation featuring starter Ricky Rubio and rookie backup Tyus Jones. Miller visited the Wolves on Wednesday, met with coach Flip Saunders, GM Milt Newton and several team officials and toured the team's new practice facility. Hours later, he agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the veterans minimum.

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Al-Farouq Aminu in for FIBA duty with Nigeria (July 30, 2015)
Jorge Sierra [ Source: HoopsHype ]

Al-Farouq Aminu. Hoopshype photo

New Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has committed to joining the Nigerian National Team after playing the NBA Africa game in Johannesburg, Nigeria’s head coach Will Voigt told HoopsHype.

Nigeria is slated to compete at the Afrobasket next month. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

The Atlanta-born Aminu, who recently signed a four-year contract with Portland, already played for Nigeria at the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 Afrobasket.

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Calvin Abueva; Jeth Troy Rosario. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones and Marlon A. Bernabe

As head coach Tab Baldwin continues his search for PBA players available to join the Philippine national men’s basketball team for the FIBA Asia Championship, several have confirmed their invites to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.

Alaska forward Calvin Abueva and Gilas cadet team member Troy Rosario both confirmed to Fraulein Olavario of News5 that they have been asked to be part of the pool.

Abueva disclosed that he will attend the Gilas practice after he was informed by Alaska coach Alex Compton of the invite.

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Hamed Haddadi.

 Former Iranian NBA Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi joined Chinese basketball team Sichuan Blue Whales, Iran’s Basketball Federation website reported.

The 7-foot-2 center, who is in Suzhou, China with Iran for the 2015 International Basketball Challenge, has reached an agreement with the Chinese club.

The former Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns center was also a member of Sichuan in the 2013-14 season.

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Russia handed FIBA ban, Olympic qualification in doubt (July 30, 2015)
Dmitriy Rogovitskiy [ Source: Reuters ]

International Basketball

The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting their participation in the 2016 Olympics in doubt.

The RFB published a letter from FIBA on their website on Wednesday stating that the Russian federation had been immediately disqualified from competition.

This comes after years of instability at the RFB, which culminated in a June court decision that forced the federation to hold new presidential elections.

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Andray Blatche. FIBA photo

Philippine national men’s basketball team’s naturalized star Andray Blatche disputed reports that he is being barred by his Chinese club to join Gilas Pilipinas in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.

Blatche said that to his knowledge, no one is preventing him from suiting up for the Philippines.

“Lol no way,” Blatche wrote on Instagram in response to a post by TV host Jinno Rufino about the former NBA player not being allowed by his Chinese Basketball Association team, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, to play in the tournament.

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International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Three-time NBA champion Brian Shaw believes Pinoy basketball prodigy Kobe Paras has the potential to break through to the NBA.

The former LA Laker and former Denver Nuggets coach, who is currently in Manila for the NBA Fit program, said Paras is getting a lot of buzz in Los Angeles.

“He may be with that next wave of stars or that next star that comes from here who may break through and get to the NBA,” Shaw told ABS-CBN Sports.

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NBA

MANILA, Philippines – Former Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said the LA Lakers' dip in the past season turned out to be a blessing to Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson, as he was given the opportunity to improve himself on court.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc, Shaw said Clarkson was provided considerable exposure to high-level competition and this improved his game overall.

“I guess it's been kind of a blessing and a curse. The Lakers obviously have fallen on hard times over the last couple of years especially with Kobe [Bryant] being injured, some of the players have left,” said Shaw, a former Laker himself.

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