Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Greivis Vasquez Hopes Venezuela National Team Experience Translates to NBA Success

There's a story about Greivis Vasquez (2006-10) in USA Today about how he hopes his experience with the Venezuelan national team at this month's FIBA Americas tournament (currently being held in Argentina) will translate into success with the Memphis Grizzlies once the NBA is back in business. Excerpt:
Vasquez is a starter for Venezuela entering the 10-team, pre-Olympic FIBA Americas tournament in Mar del Plata, Argentina, running today through Sept. 11 (gold medal game on ESPN2). The top two teams get automatic bids for London 2012.

"It's high-level basketball. It's going to be good competition," Vasquez, the lone NBA player on Venezuela's roster, said from Argentina. "I'm going to play major minutes. … It'll carry this momentum going into my second year in the NBA. I will have more experience, and that will help me a lot."
So far, Venezuela has lost two close games to Brazil and the Dominican Republic in pool play, but they're not out of the competition yet. Games against Cuba and Canada are still on the schedule this week, and in order to move on to the next round, they simply need to avoid finishing in last place in their five team group.

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