Manu Ginobili- ProjectSpurs

According to Team Argentina head coach Sergio Hernandez, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili will not play for his home country at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Monterrey, Mexico.

    “Ginobili is not going to be in Monterrey. I have the authority to say that he will not be part of this tournament. He is going through a long season in the NBA and it is an important moment in his career.” said Hernandez during an interview with the radio program” One on One.”

This will be the second summer in a row Manu will not suit up for Team Argentina. Last summer, he held himself out due to injury. Considering Manu has been banged up a few times during this NBA season and his age, it is not too surprising he will not play in Mexico.

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Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact (March 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

MILAN — Metta World Peace had barely landed in Italy when the former NBA All-Star was soon singing with fans of his new team and thinking of a second season.

Thanks to advice from former teammate Kobe Bryant, World Peace joined Pallacanestro Cantu on Thursday, and was presented to the team’s fans at its Mapooro Arena.

“I didn’t come here because I’m old and I don’t want to play anymore,” World Peace said. “No, it’s the perfect time for me, to come now, have a chance to play hard, meet my teammates, and then see if I can play another season here. It’s one of the best leagues in the world, and I’m very excited.”

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Metta World Peace says he has matured as a player (March 27, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Metta World Peace, who has signed with Italian team Pallacanestro Cantu, says after an "up and down career" he has a more mature mentality. AP Photo/Luca Bruno

MILAN -- Heading into the swan song of his career, former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace is a changed man.

World Peace, who signed for Pallacanestro Cantu in a move the Italian team called "the coup of the century," is known as much for his controversies as for his on-court talent.

"I had an up and down career," the 35-year-old World Peace said Thursday. "I grew up playing basketball on the streets of New York City and it was very, very rough and I started playing in the NBA in the same way.

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International Basketball

Former FEU Tamaraw Michael Oliver, the new coach of the Philippine national youth basketball team, admitted to feeling the pressure after taking over a Batang Gilas squad that reached new heights in international play after wildly successful stints under his predecessor, Jamike Jarin.

Jarin, who steered ‘Batang Gilas’ to the FIBA Under-17 World Championship, has since moved on to call the shots for the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA, leaving some big shoes to fill for Oliver over at the youth program.

“First time ko to be the head coach of the national team. Malaki rin ang pressure kasi mataas yung level na na-set ni Coach Jamike. Nakapasok pa tayo sa World,” Oliver told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.

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Andray Blatche. FIBA photo

With Philippines’ naturalized star Andray Blatche signing a mega-contract in the Chinese Basketball Association, there are fears that his mother club might not release him to Gilas Pilipinas for its 2015 FIBA Asia Championship campaign this September.

After all, Blatche’s team Xinjiang Flying Tigers is based in China, one of the Philippines’ rivals in the tournament.

But there is a big chance that, despite his new contract, the NBA veteran would still play for Gilas Pilipinas, according to head coach Tab Baldwin.

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Metta World Peace heading for Italy in 'coup of the century' (March 26, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

International Basketball

CANTU, Italy -- Former NBA All-Star Metta World Peace has signed for Italian team Pallacanestro Cantu for the remainder of the season.

After a series of teasing tweets from the 35-year-old World Peace -- such as "whatever you can do I Cantu better" -- Cantu confirmed the news, calling it "the coup of the century."

World Peace, who changed his name from Ron Artest, was playing for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association after a long NBA career that included stints with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

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Andray Blatche. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Andray Blatche is following in the footsteps of another former Net, Stephon Marbury, and signing a long-term deal in China with the Xingyiang Flying Tigers. The deal will reportedly be for three years at $7.5 million and won't include any NBA "outs."

Asia Basket reported over the weekend, "Terms are not disclosed but it has been confirmed to be the largest deal in CBA history possibly in overseas basketball history." On Monday, the deal became official, reports David Pick, an Israeli hoops writer.

Blatche, who played well for the Nets over two seasons, reportedly has no interest in returning to the NBA.

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