It looks like Wild Thing will get his first taste of Olympic play. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao was named on Monday, May 14.
After missing 41 games in the regular season due to a wrist injury, Varejao was possibly playing at the peak of his basketball career in the first 25 games however. Varejao averaged career highs in rebounds with 11.5 per game and points with 10.8 per game. I think that it will be good for Varejao to get back on the basketball court coming off some of his best performances in his career thus far.
Other NBA stars to be named to the Brazil Olympic team’s roster included Nene of the Washington Wizards and Leondro Barbosa of the Indiana Pacers, who trail the Miami Heat 3-2 in their series right now. Barbosa averaged 11.1 points in the regular season, but is struggling in the playoffs and only managing 6.3 points with no decrease or increase in minutes.
Nene averaged 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and one block this season, playing 28 games with the Denver Nuggets and 11 games with the Wizards.
The Brazilian team is playing in the Olympics for the first time since 1996, so there is a huge sense of pride and high expectations surrounding the team right now. Andy is the only Cavaliers players to be playing on an Olympic team this summer. Kyrie Irving is playing not the U.S.A. Select Team, but hopes to have a chance in the future to play for his former Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Varejao has played in the last two FIBA World Championships, so he knows the players he will be playing with on the Brazil team. He also believes that the team will be able to compete for a medal in London.
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