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    DOM - Villanueva happy to represent the Dominican Republic

    BRISTOL (FIBA Americas Championship Men) - In an ESPN Deportes chat room Dominican star Charlie Villanueva said that he was happy to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship and also talked about his future in the NBA.

    Villanueva, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA, will make his debut for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    "I already have my dual citizenship. I am waiting for the passport. I am excited to play for the Dominican Republic, I am happy. This will be the first year that Francisco García, Al Horford and I will play together," said to the fans.

    The NBA star already visited his family during his first NBA season and talked about his parents.

    "My mother is from Cabrera and my father from Santo Domingo. I visited Santo Domingo on my first year in the NBA to see my family and my grandmother, who still lives in Cabrera."

    Villanueva is a free agent after his solid year in the NBA where he averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 78 games.

    "It is difficult. I would like to stay in Milwaukee but I don't know. I would like to live closer to my mom. I would like to be in a bigger and Hispanic market."
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    The DR cancelled their participation in the CBC in Tortola and are going to organize the Centrobasket 2010 instead with the money.Trinidad & Tobago substitutes them in the Caribbean Champs.
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    why isn't ariza playing with them ? i dont like him btw, but they would be greater with that frontcourt ariza,garcia,horford,vilanoova, and what about stephen jackson ? or garth joseph will he play with them ?

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    I bet Ariza has no Dominican passport since birth so he could fall under "naturalized player" which would mean Villanueva could not play as he has been recently naturalized and only one is eligible to play per national-team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [spider
    why isn't ariza playing with them ? i dont like him btw, but they would be greater with that frontcourt ariza,garcia,horford,vilanoova, and what about stephen jackson ? or garth joseph will he play with them ?

    LOL Garth Joseph is from Dominica hahahaha not The Dominican Republic
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    This DR team is looking good with horford, villanueva, & garcia. I think they can make some noise in the FIBA Americas this summer and qualify for Turkey.

    Does the naturalized player rule still count for players who actually have the country in their blood? I thought that that Puerto Rico had lots of guys born in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sime0n View Post
    This DR team is looking good with horford, villanueva, & garcia. I think they can make some noise in the FIBA Americas this summer and qualify for Turkey.

    Does the naturalized player rule still count for players who actually have the country in their blood? I thought that that Puerto Rico had lots of guys born in the US.
    Well, players whose at least one of their parents or Grandparents is/was Puerto Rican or born in Puerto Rico can play for the P.R.

    but that rule only apply for Ricans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sime0n View Post
    This DR team is looking good with horford, villanueva, & garcia. I think they can make some noise in the FIBA Americas this summer and qualify for Turkey.

    Does the naturalized player rule still count for players who actually have the country in their blood? I thought that that Puerto Rico had lots of guys born in the US.
    We(Puerto Rico) cant naturalized players from USA, but yeah, those who have rican blood first generation and second generation. Only apply for us.
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    16 free throws in the last 4 minutes...
    Puerto Rico had 20 the whole game

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    LOL I said it first than you haha

    Quote Originally Posted by PRSURF View Post
    We(Puerto Rico) cant naturalized players from USA, but yeah, those who have rican blood first generation and second generation. Only apply for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    LOL I said it first than you haha




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    Originally Posted by -K2- View Post
    16 free throws in the last 4 minutes...
    Puerto Rico had 20 the whole game

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    DOM - Flores says talented Dominicans must prove they can jell in San Juan

    SANTO DOMINGO (FIBA Americas Championship) – Dominican Republic guard Luis Flores has warned that the inclusion of four NBA players in the national team will not guarantee success at the FIBA Americas Championship.

    The Dominican Republic expect to have Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva, Francisco García and Trevor Ariza in their group from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when they play at the qualifying tournament for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    "The fact that we have four NBA players and two more with experience - me and Sammy Mejia - doesn't guarantee any victories,” Flores said, “(finding the right) chemistry will give us the positive results.”

    Flores says he’s very excited about the addition of players who compete in the NBA, including Ariza who is on the books of the Los Angeles Lakers.

    “It is great to play with them in the Dominican team," he said, before admitted that his own place in the squad is not a certainty.

    "I want to be at the FIBA Americas Championship,” he said. “I am just waiting for the call to join the team.

    “Everyone knows the pride that I take in representing my country.”
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    Puerto Ricans Julio Toro and Flor Meléndez, as well as Argentine Nestor García, are the three candidates to coach the Dominican NT this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alermac View Post
    Puerto Ricans Julio Toro and Flor Meléndez, as well as Argentine Nestor García, are the three candidates to coach the Dominican NT this year.
    Toro was at the brink of signing wasn't he?
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    luis flores is one of the nicest and talented players that plAyed in israel ever!!! Great guy and i wish the best for him...i think he should be the nt startING shooting guard if he is not injured like at the end of season in israel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyellow View Post
    luis flores is one of the nicest and talented players that plAyed in israel ever!!! Great guy and i wish the best for him...i think he should be the nt startING shooting guard if he is not injured like at the end of season in israel...
    NBA FRANCISCO GARCIA will probaly start at Shooting Guard, I don't know who's better, but Garcia plays in the NBA, LOL
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    DOM – Horford wants to play in 2009 FIBA Americas Championship

    SANTO DOMINGO (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – Dominican center Al Horford said that he wants to play for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The Atlanta Hawks player talked about his health in a press conference held at the Dominican Republic.

    "I feel healthy and I am confident that I can play in the FIBA Americas Championship," said Horford.

    During the NBA playoffs the Dominican star suffered an ankle injury and that is why he is not "100 percent sure" that he can play in the tournament who gives four berths for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    "I have to wait for the clearance from my team and also the Dominican Federation has to get the insurance for the tournament."

    The Dominican Republic is in Group B along with Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela. Group A has Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Uruguay.

    "It is going to be a very competitive tournament. I have all the desire in the World to represent my country," Horford said about the tournament.

    In the NBA regular season he averaged 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds with the Hawks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    Toro was at the brink of signing wasn't he?
    Yes. And so he did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alermac View Post
    Yes. And so he did.


    Yep, He did


    DOM - Toro to coach the Dominican Republic

    ISLA MARGARITA (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – Julio Toro has been named the new head coach of the Dominican Republic senior national team that will play in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The Dominican Baskteball Federation (Fedombal) named the Puerto Rican coach after talking to other candidates that included Flor Meléndez, among others.

    The contract of Toro is for four years and that also includes the development of basketball in the country.

    "We have a guaranteed development for our basketball with these four years that Toro will serve to the national team," said Cesar Hilaire to basketdominicano.com.

    Toro will arrive next week to the Dominican Republic. One of his assistants is Melvin Lopez who was recently named to coach Soles de Mexicali. His other assistants are José "Maíta" Mercedes, José Diloné and Antonio "Chicho" Sibilio.

    During his career he coached the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan national team. He won silver in the 1992 FIBA Americas Championship by coaching Venezuela. He also coached Puerto Rico to a 92-73 win over the United States in the 2004 Olympics.

    The practices start on July 13 at Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto.

    Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva, Francisco García, Trevor Ariza, Luis Flores, Sammy Mejía, Jack Michael Martínez, Eulis Báez, Marlon Martínez, Kelvin Peña and Iván Almonte, among others will be called to the practices.

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    DOM - Dominican Republic calls their national team:
    7/8/2009

    SANTO DOMINGO (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) - The Dominican Basketball Federation announced a list of 27 players that will practice ahead of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The team, coached by Puerto Rican Julio Toro, will start their training sessions on July 13 and will have many warm up games prior to their appointment in Puerto Rico.

    The players called were:

    Point Guards:
    Joel Ramirez
    Edgar Sosa
    Carlos Morban
    Juan Coronado
    Richard Ortega
    Alvin Abreu

    Shooting Guards:
    Francisco García
    Luis Flores
    Kelvin Pena
    Jeff Greer
    Sammy Mejia
    Manny Quezada
    Jose Olivero
    Sean Ogirri


    SMALL FORWARD:
    Trevor Ariza
    Franklin Western
    Ricardo Greer
    Santos Martinez

    POWER FORWARD:
    Charlie Villanueva
    Jack Michael Martinez
    EULIS Baez
    Ivan Almonte
    Josh Asselin

    CENTER:
    Al Horford
    Alejandro Salas
    Manuel Guzman
    John Garcia

    Coaching Staff:
    Julio Toro (Coach)

    Assistant Coaches:
    Melvyn Lopez
    Jose Maita-Mercedes -
    Antonio-Chico-Sibilio
    Jose Dilone

    Dominican Republic is in Group B along with Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela. Group B has Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Uruguay. The top 4 at the end of the tournament qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship
    *names in black are some some of the names to watch

    A lot of players from Europe and The NCAA

    http://www.fibaamericas.com/noticias...p?r=BFLAEDBFUA
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    Ariza has been recently called up by the US NT for their perspective team.

    I see a problem coming up at shooting guard as there are five players I would call up on that position...

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