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Nene asks to be released from Brazil national team


Posted Jun 26 2011 10:29AM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Denver Nuggets center Nene says he will not join Brazil's national team at the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Brazilian basketball confederation said Nene asked to be released on Friday, citing "personal" and "contractual" reasons.

The confederation said Nene's one-sentence statement did not provide any further explanation for his request.

The FIBA Americas Championship will be held in Argentina from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11.

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