Thursday, January 31, 2008

Today's Featured Team: Brazil

Brazil is currently ranked 18th by FIBA. Many fans feel that Brazil is a much better team than their rankings indicates. For the most part, they are a young team that's just going to get better. They are led by speedy guard Leandro Barbosa(Phoenix Suns) and Nené (Denver Nuggets). They also have Anderson Varejâo(Cleavland Cavaliers), a hard nosed and hardworking post player. For those that don't know...hes the energetic guy with the crazy hair that plays for the cavs. Former Gonzaga standout J.P. Batista(Lietuvos Rytas) is also a key player for them. I might have a bit of a biased opinion being that I'm a big Gonzaga fan...but I think he's good enough to play for a lot of teams in the NBA. With these players alone, they have four legitimiate players capable of competing with any country. However, their is a big talent drop off after these guys. Brazil hasn't participated in the Olympics since 1996, when they took 6th place. In order to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, they must place in the top three at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament which takes place in mid-July.

1 comment:

John said...

The truth is I expected Brazil to qualify automatically from the FIBA Americas.

After all they did bring their best and Argentina were without NBAer players.

However I must being a hardcore Albiceleste supporter, it does feel great to beat them.