Anderson Varejao will be out of Rio 2016– a big blow to the campaign of Brazil’s National basketball team with the host country already losing Tiago Splitter because of a right hip injury.
Splitter suffered the injury while playing for the Hawks last season. Splitter is expected to be out for approximately 8 months after having a hip surgery last February according to his Instagram post.
According to ESPN’S Marc Stein, Anderson Varejao is not officially out of the team. However, doctors advised him to just rest. As a result, his lingering back injury would likely keep him out of the Rio Olympics as said by Stein.
This is definitely not a good news for the people of Brazil. It is because the Olympics would be held in their own country. Every rest is actually a good thing for the big man since he has been plagued by injuries for years.
Disappointing it may be, the team still has three NBA players. These players are Nene Hilario of the Houston Rockets, Marcelo Huertas of the Los Angeles Lakers and Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns.
Nene and Barbosa will have new teams for the next season. The former last played for the Wizards while the latter for the Warriors. Without Varejao and Splitter, Brazil’s medal hopes is dashed for they lack their top two centers in the country.
Anderson formerly played for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. He was then acquired by the Warriors as a free agent. This happened since Portland waived him after he was traded by the Cavs to the Blazers. The 6-foot-11 center is a 12-year veteran in the league.
Varejao’s back injury, however, is not expected to hamper him at the start of the regular season according to Stein.
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