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    BRA - Tavernari treasures national team experience with Brazil


    SALT LAKE CITY (FIBA Americas Championship/NCAA) - Jonathan Tavernari loves the game of basketball and wants to play professionally one day.

    But the 21-year-old Brazil international knows one can't play the game his entire life.

    "The advice I would give to youngsters is that above all, it's important to learn that basketball is not forever and that there's life after playing," Tavernari said.

    "To study, to be an educated person, be a family person are blessings God gives us.

    "In order to be successful in the NCAA or in any other league, you need to make sacrifices and have a balanced life."

    Tavernari benefitted from the absence of veteran players last summer when he played for Moncho Monsalve's Brazil at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

    Established stars like Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns weren't able to play, and that opened the national team door for him.


    He is now back in Utah for his junior year at Brigham Young.

    "In the last year, I have grown a lot on defense," he said.

    "I am a better man-to-man defender and I owe that to my experience in the Brazil national team in 2008. I had to improve a lot in order to be chosen by coach Moncho Monsalve.

    "To train with Marcelinho, Alex and Duda motivated me to reach their level. I always admired Marcelinho and Alex. In order to improve, I have to guard great players and they teach me more."


    Brazil were without some of their leading players and didn't make it to Beijing, but under Monsalve the national side looked like a team with a lot of promise and they should have enough firepower to do well at the FIBA Americas Championship in order to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    Players like Tavernari were thrilled with the opportunity to compete in Athens.

    "Joining the national team was a dream come true," he said. "Not only to train under Moncho, but to be able to be part of a group of players, coaches, trainers, doctors.... All of them were important for me. My first time in the national team was unforgettable.

    "To play for the national team is an addiction. I have experienced it and now I want to always be there.


    "Whether it is in the American Cup, the South American tournament, the World Championship - it doesn't matter which tournament. Whatever chance I have, I would like to wear the Brazil colors and represent my country."

    At BYU, Tavernari feels right at home.

    "I miss my family and friends but I speak a lot to them," he said.

    "In my time off, I like to cook, go to the cinema and the theater. I am a home boy. I don't like to go out partying."

    The experience in North America is very important for Tavernari.

    "I came to the United States to be able to study and play," he said.

    "My parents are involved in education and that is important in my family. Here we are student-athletes and at BYU, school comes first.

    "My routine is hard. During the week, I wake up at 6am. I train from seven to eight. Then I have lessons from nine to midday. In the afternoon, I do my homework and then some muscular exercises and at eight, I meet my girlfriend."

    Tavernari is majoring in business administration and plans to get a graduate degree in sports communication and administration.

    BYU are certainly happy the Brazilian chose to attend their school for he has greatly contributed to the success of the team.

    They are off to their best start in the league since 1987. The Cougars won all 10 of their opening games in the Mountain West Conference.

    "I do my job," Tavernari said.

    "My coaches and teammates know what to expect from me and they know I'm not going to disappoint them.

    "My strong points are my passion for the game and my competitive spirit. Talent alone doesn't solve anything."
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    Nice to see Tavernari's excitement about playing for the NT, but he sure isn't the solution at the SG spot. The kid is a streak shooter and that's mainly all he do in the court. His defense is far from being decent yet, he has major work to do on that area before he can be considered an important piece of the Brazilian team.

    Right now he is playing at College level and he probably won't be selected to play in the NBA and I don't see him going to a top European team either. I hope I will have to eat my words about him and he becomes a great basketball player, but to be fair I just don't see it.

    There are a lot of better prospects out there that we should be targeting as the future of the Brazilian NT.

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    I'm just curious...
    Who do you consider as the best Brazilian player in 2008-09season/in last seasons? I mean both in NT and clubs. Barbosa, Huertas, Hilario, Varejao, Alex Garcia, Splitter, ...?
    And which one of them can you imagine as a leader/main option in Brazilian NT?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugoplastika View Post
    I'm just curious...
    Who do you consider as the best Brazilian player in 2008-09season/in last seasons? I mean both in NT and clubs. Barbosa, Huertas, Hilario, Varejao, Alex Garcia, Splitter, ...?
    1. Nene
    2. Splitter
    3. Varejao
    4. Leandro
    5. Huertas
    6. Alex Garcia

    And which one of them can you imagine as a leader/main option in Brazilian NT?
    Leadership is not a simple concept, since not always the best player can be a leader or even the main option in a team.

    I would love to see Nene focusing in playing for the NT, but in the past he showed us that he doesn't value this kind of exeperience like many others in Brazil.

    If he really wanted to play for the NT, I would make him the focus of the offense, no doubt, still, I think the leadership would go with Splitter and Varejão, since both guys usually play with passion and are proud to represent their country.

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    Nenê has been playing great and it's truly amazing the effort he put in coming back to competition and play what he knows. But I'd still put Splitter ahead of him and Leandrinho ahead of Varejão. This in terms of shape and played game of course, being the leader of the team is something a bit different, there I agree with ¹²³.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugoplastika View Post
    And which one of them can you imagine as a leader/main option in Brazilian NT?
    When it comes to the NT, to me, Splitter and Álex Garcia are the only ones who have shown their potential and the guts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    Nenê has been playing great and it's truly amazing the effort he put in coming back to competition and play what he knows. But I'd still put Splitter ahead of him and Leandrinho ahead of Varejão. This in terms of shape and played game of course, being the leader of the team is something a bit different, there I agree with ¹²³.
    Quote Originally Posted by alermac View Post
    When it comes to the NT, to me, Splitter and Álex Garcia are the only ones who have shown their potential and the guts.
    Yep, I can agree with both of you.

    Leandrinho and Varejão are really close right now, both are playing good games and some bad ones, not really consistent this season (althought Leandro's loss of his mother had an effect on his game).

    Alex is another great motivational leader, and should have a prime place on the NT.

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    Some people were complaining about Moncho's tour around the world, but I think it's one of the few good things CBB is doing to help the NT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ¹²³ View Post
    Some people were complaining about Moncho's tour around the world, but I think it's one of the few good things CBB is doing to help the NT.
    I totally agree. It's that way you convince players to play for the NT and give them the feeling that the federation cares for them, that's extremely important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    I totally agree. It's that way you convince players to play for the NT and give them the feeling that the federation cares for them, that's extremely important.
    You're right, although some of these players (well, Nene) has shunned the NT in the past. I guess Monsalva is trying to "mend fences" and "heal wounds" with his biggest players.

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    BRA - Moncho Monsalve optimistic after trip to the USA

    RIO DE JANEIRO (National team) – Moncho Monsalve, head coach of the Brazilian National Team, spent a few days in the USA where he attended some NBA games and practices. The Spanish-born coach traveled to the USA in order to speak to the three Brazilians playing in the NBA: Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Nenê Hilário (Denver Nuggets) and Anderson Varejão (Cleveland Cavaliers).

    Monsalve felt himself very welcomed by all teams and players. According to the coach born in Spain (in Medina del Campo, Valladolid), Barbosa, Nenê and Varejão all expressed their strong commitment to joining the Brazilian National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship, the qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship that will take place in August. “I had a wonderful conversation with all three players and I am sure that we can count on them in the National Team”, stated Moncho.

    In addition, Monsalve is confident that Brazil will be in the next FIBA Word Championship: “Brazil has extraordinary players evolving in the NBA, Europe, the NCAA and the Brazilian National League (NBB). We can build a great team, capable of facing any opponent at the FIBA Americas Championship.”

    Before traveling to the USA, the Brazilian National Team coach spoke to center Tiago Splitter in Madrid, where his team, TAU Cerámica, won the Spanish Copa del Rey.
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    BRA – Dede hopes to return to Brazil set-up

    RIO DE JANEIRO (CBB) - Brazilian youngster Dede is dreaming of representing Brazil again, and crossing the Atlantic to play professional basketball in Europe.

    The 24-year-old Paulistano ace, who is the second-leading scorer in the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) at 21.9 points per game, played at the 2008 South American Championship in Chile.

    “It was a very good experience,” he said.

    “Then I trained with (Brazil coach) Moncho Monsalve. My first call-up to a Brazil team was at 16 and since then, I have gone through all the national teams.

    “Everyone hopes to play for the senior national team, to be among the best of the country. I would really like to be called up again.”

    Like many players in South America, Dede would like to test himself against the best in Europe as well.

    Europe is where many Brazil internationals have always competed.

    “I have Spanish nationality and I admire European basketball,” he said.

    “It's a more technical game, more complete and that attracts me. I think Spanish basketball is the best in the world right now.

    “If I could choose a club to play there, it would be Barcelona."
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    Brazilian youngster Dede...

    ...The 24-year-old Paulistano ace

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    Quote Originally Posted by alermac View Post
    LOL. Dede is a good player, but I agree that he won't have a big impact on Brazil NT and shouldn't be viewed as anything beyond a role player.

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    BRA – Brazil announce plans for build-up to Mexico

    RIO DE JANEIRO (FIBA Americas Championship) – Brazil came up short of their attempt to claim a spot at last summer’s Beijing Games via the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

    Now the South American giants are looking to make sure they don’t miss out on the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

    Brazil have announced that their national team training program will tip off on July 27 for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, which is to be played in Mexico from August 26 to September 6.

    The Brazilians are so precise that they have revealed they will have 43 practices, and six warm-up games, in 27 days.

    The first phase of the training gets underway in Sao Paulo on July 27 and the last in the city is on August 3.

    Brazil will then switch to Rio de Janeiro on August 4 where they will work out at Maracanazinho. Two days later, in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilians will host the Eletrobras Cup with Argentina, Australia and Uruguay also taking part.

    On August 10 the national team will shift their practices to the HSBC Arena in Rio and remain until August 15.

    The national team will then travel to Puerto Rico on August 16 to take part in the Tuto Marchand Cup from August 18-20 in San Juan. Argentina, Canada and Puerto Rico are also involved.

    Brazil will arrive in Mexico August 22 and resume their workouts until the start of the FIBA Americas Championship on August 26.
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    BRA – Monsalve looks forward to strong Brazil squad

    RIO DE JANEIRO (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Moncho Monsalve expects to have an awesome squad at his disposal this summer when Brazil attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    The Spaniard has been in contact with Brazil's high-profile players in America.

    Two of them - Nene of the Denver Nuggets and Anderson Varejao of Cleveland – just reached the NBA conference finals with their respective teams.

    "I and the technical manager of the CBB, André Alves, were at the end of February and early March personally talking with Anderson, Leandrinho (Leandro Barbosa) and Nene," Monsalve said.

    "The three were satisfied with our plan and said they will play for Brazil in the Copa America (FIBA Americas Championship).

    "We also talked with other Brazilians who play in Europe and hope to have everyone in the competition for a place in the World Championship in Turkey."

    Nene, Barbosa and Anderson weren't able to play last year when Brazil failed to win a spot at the Beijing Games in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

    Monsalve has been impressed by the new National League in Brazil.

    "The National League is a reality and in its first year has already achieved many victories and I'm sure that it will grow in the coming years," Monsalve said.

    "The competition has already shown some proven players and the talent of many others.

    "In the coming days, I will watch quarter-final play-off games along with my technical assistant José Alves Neto, who keeps me informed about the players."
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    BRA – Betinho thrilled to receive chance with Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (FIBA Americas Championship) - No one should be surprised that José Roberto Duarte is in the reckoning for a place in Brazil's senior team.

    Betinho, as he is known, made headlines two years ago when representing Brazil at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship.

    The 21-year-old averaged more than 14 points per game as the South Americans reached the Semi-Finals before falling to eventual champions Serbia, the hosts of the event.

    "It was a wonderful moment," Betinho says.

    "The three stages of preparation were excellent. The group developed into a huge union and we were increasingly confident in the talent of our team.

    "As we won games, we saw that we had chances to reach the podium, but ultimately it didn't happen.

    “What matters is we played well and made history with an excellent result. I learned that in basketball and in life, anything is possible when you work hard."

    Now that he has been called up by Brazil coach Moncho Monsalve to train with the senior team this summer, Betinho knows he has a golden opportunity.

    "I was very happy," he says of the call-up.

    "I am young and to be among the best of Brazil fills me with pride.

    "Everybody wants to help Brazil return to the elite in the world of basketball and show that it's worth the investment in our potential."

    Monsalve, a Spaniard, has been well received since coaching Brazil’s national team last summer.

    "What I hear is that Moncho Monsalve is a very good coach who likes to develop the talent of young athletes," Betinho says.

    "I hope he likes my game and knows he can count on me to represent basketball in Brazil well in any situation."
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    BRA – Moncho says Brazil will make it to Turkey for 2010 FIBA World Championship

    RIO DE JANEIRO (FIBA Americas Championship) - Brazil coach Moncho Monsalve has thrown down the gauntlet to the other national sides taking part in the FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico later this year.

    The stakes will be high for the countries competing in San Juan with places at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey up for grabs.

    “There are 10 teams that will battle for four spots and Brazil will clinch one of them," he declared.

    At Tuesday’s draw in San Juan, Brazil were drawn in Group B with Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

    “If we are able to have all the players available, we have enough talent to guarantee ourselves a place in the World Championship and conquer the Americas title,” Monsalve said.

    “We want to play with creativity on offense, moving the ball.

    “We need to guarantee rebounds on defense.

    “This is my philosophy and how basketball is being played right now in the world.”

    Argentina are number one in the FIBA World Rankings, and Monsalve knows they will have a good team.

    “The Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez will not have (Manu) Ginobili, (Fabricio) Oberto, (Andres) Nocioni, but he will have other players of international level at his disposal,” Monsalve said.

    “I believe Venezuela will go with a better team than with respect to last year. The Dominican Republic have talent with Francisco Garcia and Charlie Villanueva among others.

    “Then there are great national teams like Canada and Puerto Rico.”

    Brazil played at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament last summer in Athens under Monsalve but did not have NBA players Leandro Barbosa, Nene or Anderson Varejao.

    The team failed to reach the Beijing Games.
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    my brazilian team

    pg-marcelo huertas
    pg-valtinho
    sg-leandrinho
    sg-alex
    sf-marquinhos
    sf-tavernari
    sf-marcelinho
    pf-vitor faverani
    pf-varejão
    p-paulão
    p-nene
    p-tiago splitter

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